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Letter: Conviction result of ‘principled stand’

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

After reading the distorted press release in the April 4 Gazette-Journal regarding my sentencing, I am compelled to respond. Yes I was found guilty and sentenced to 46 months in prison. This was the result of my taking a principled stand against some of the fraudulent and deceptive practices of the IRS. Unlike approximately 97 percent of defendants in federal cases, I refused to accept a plea agreement believing that because my actions were supported by very specific sections of the tax code, I would be found innocent of these charges.

To give the reader a feel for the court proceedings that followed, please imagine yourself in the following scenario: The jury has been excused from the courtroom. Your attorney is attempting to introduce into evidence an exhibit consisting of two verbatim excerpts of the tax code upon which you had relied, only to be told by the judge that it was inadmissible because it would "confuse the jury." When your attorney respectf...

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