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Lawyer Defending Terror Cases Indicted on Tax Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lawyer known for defending terrorism suspects has been indicted in the Northern District of New York on charges that he failed to file tax returns, the Associated Press reports.

The attorney, Stanley Cohen, called the indictment politically motivated.

If convicted, Cohen faces prison time and fines.

Cohen is accused of not filing individual and corporate tax returns between 2005 and 2010 and other tax violations.

FBI Paying Closer Attention to “Sovereign Citizen” Extremists

Southern Poverty Law Center photo

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The FBI has been paying closer attention to ‘sovereign citizen’ extremists around the country out of concerns that they will react violently when they interact with government officials.

Sovereign citizens are people who reject their U.S. citizenship and don’t recognize government authority, like laws and taxes. In 2009, the FBI started paying closer attention to the movement, which previously had been grouped with the militia movements in the bureau’s domestic counterterrorism operations. Many people who claim to be followers of this movement are involved in white collar crimes like tax evasion schemes and making fraudulent documents, the FBI said.

“We started to notice a heightened potential for violence,” said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

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Washington Post Editorial: The Not-So Honorable Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

D.C.’s former Mayor Marion Barry, currently a city council member, has had his share of brushes with federal law enforcement. As you recall in 1990 he was busted in an FBI sting smoking crack in a D.C. hotel room. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges relating to failure to file and pay taxes. His legal indiscretions go on and on. The Washington Post editorial talks about his latest indiscretion. The editorial sums it up best with the headline: “Marion Barry, Still Embarrassing D.C.” — Allan Lengel

The Not-So Honorable Marion Barry/gov photo


By The Washington Post
Editorial Page

WASHINGTON — WHAT IS SO distressing about D.C. Council member Marion Barry’s latest escapade is not his belief that he can live outside the law. That’s old news. What’s distressing is that he seems to be correct in his assessment.

How else to explain the apparent indifference of police and other officials to the fact of Mr. Barry tooling around town in a car not properly registered? That Mr. Barry is allowed to continuously embarrass the people he was elected to serve erodes the city’s credibility and ability to manage itself.

The most recent instance of Mr. Barry (D-Ward 8) discrediting his office involves, as The Post’s Tim Craig disclosed, his use of a car that has “inactive” D.C. tags and that was not registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s against the law for anyone to operate a vehicle not properly registered, and violators face a fine of up to $1,000 or up to 30 days in jail.

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Ex- Mayor Marion Barry Remains the Teflon Dean of D.C. Politics; Avoids Jail Time for Tax Problems

Councilman Marion Barry

Councilman Marion Barry

This man clearly has nine lives. Once again, he dodges jail time. The legend lives on.

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON –– A federal judge extended D.C. Council member Marion Barry’s probation for two more years, ruling that the former mayor violated the terms of his probation by failing to file tax returns in a timely manner.

In an 18-page opinion, U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah A. Robinson rejected a request by prosecutors to have Barry placed on home detention.

Prosecutors originally asked Robinson to revoke Barry’s probation and send him to jail because he had failed to file his 2007 tax returns in a timely manner. He also had not filed tax returns on time in eight of the past nine years, prosecutors said.

But at a hearing last month, they backed off that request after learning that local jails did not have proper facilities or staffing to care for someone with his ailments. Barry, 72, is recovering from a kidney transplant.

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Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry Trying to Stay Out of Prison: Says He’ll Pay Some of His Taxes

Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

Ex-D.C. Mayor Marion Barry

This guy has tangled with the law endless times, often testing his luck. Can he stay out of prison? Federal prosecutors say enough is enough. He should serve some time for his latest shenanigans.  But don’t bet on the mayor running out of luck.

By Hamil R. Harris and Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — D.C. Council member Marion Barry said yesterday that two-thirds of his $277,000 federal tax debt consists of interest and penalties and that he plans to make a payment on his 2007 D.C. tax bill Monday.

The former mayor said in a telephone interview that he took responsibility for his behavior but that federal prosecutors are being unfair in asking a judge to revoke his probation for tax offenses.

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D.C. Councilman Marion Barry Pulls a Surprise: He Files his 2007 Taxes

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Marion Barry/official photo
Marion Barry/official photo

WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilman Marion Barry, who for years has tested the patience of the electorate and federal prosecutors alike, finally filed his 2007 tax return Tuesday, WRC-TV in Washington reported.
The stations also said Barry, who is still beloved in certain sections of the city, “is threatening to file his 2008 taxes next week, according to a representative for the former mayor.”
Federal prosecutors recently filed court papers asking that Barry get thrown in the slammer for failing to pay his taxes. The station reported that he was on probation for failing to file on time in the past and had failed to file on time in eight of the past nine years.
Barry is hoping that between filing the latest taxes, and his ailments — he is awaiting a kidney transplant — the feds will back off  and allow him to remain a free man.
Stay tuned. The man has a knack for getting in trouble.
Read Government Motion To Jail Barry