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June 30, 2012

Will Lauryn Hill raise novel 3553(a) issues at her tax evasion sentencing?

HillThe question in the title of this post is prompted by this AP report, headlined "Lauryn Hill Tax Charges: Singer Pleads Guilty In NJ, Faces Jail Time."  Here are excerpts:

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years.  Appearing in U.S. District Court in Newark, Hill admitted failing to file tax returns from 2005 to 2007.  She faces a maximum one-year sentence on each of the three counts. She was charged three weeks ago.

Dressed in a dark jacket, white button-up shirt and a long reddish-orange skirt, Hill declined to comment after Friday's hearing.  During the hearing, attorney Nathan Hochman indicated that Hill planned to pay back the taxes she owes. U.S. Magistrate Michael Shipp initially scheduled sentencing for early October but agreed to delay it until late November to give Hill time to make repayment....

After the charges were brought, Hill posted a long statement on her Tumblr page that decried pop culture's "climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism."  She explained that she hasn't paid taxes since she withdrew from society to guarantee the safety and well-being of herself and her family.

Hill hinted Friday that she might expand on those comments at her sentencing. When Shipp asked her if anyone had directly or indirectly influenced her decision to plead guilty, she replied, "Indirectly, I've been advised my ability to speak out directly is for another time, at sentencing."

I look very much forward to seeing how Hill and her lawyers might be able to incorporate the faults of pop culture and its "climate of hostility, false entitlement, manipulation, racial prejudice, sexism and ageism" into an argument via 3553(a) that a low sentence would be sufficient to avoid the miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

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It is good that AP kept us abreast of her fashion choices.

Posted by: Joe | Jun 30, 2012 8:02:16 PM

|| [Lauryn Hill] decried "...racial prejudice, sexism and ageism." She explained that she hasn't paid taxes since she withdrew from society ||

Has she a future as a left-wing militia group leader?

Posted by: Adamakis | Jun 30, 2012 10:49:49 PM

Laughable. She does not need an attorney, she needs a battery of shrinks, an ass whooping, and of course HARD TIME IN JAIL. At least 18 months. Being a black racist nut is not a factor warranting downward departure. Next up, Eric Holder.

Posted by: Kowman Harsh | Jul 2, 2012 7:54:40 AM

Seriously? No better defense than that Lauryn Hill? Yeah, I agree she needs a team of shrinks. Good luck with her.

Posted by: Anne Roberts | Jul 2, 2012 5:18:10 PM

I am a graduate of Kennesaw State University in Georgia. I do not believe that Ms. Hill requires the punishment that you suggest, although, I respect your opinion that she might need counseling, but, then, who doesn't. I have always respected Ms. Hill for her incredible talent and have always wondered why she chose to leave the music scene after such a wonderful solo beginning. Whatever her reasons for leaving and whatever her reasons for making the choices she has made, I wish her only the best; and I hope that she finds her way back to making music that the public can hear. She is a true gift to our world. Maybe she just doesn't know it. Good luck, Ms. Hill.

Posted by: Kevin | Jul 2, 2012 10:53:41 PM

I am Electrican... I don't think it should affect her book.

Posted by: Dwayne | Jul 24, 2012 10:08:10 PM


Posted by: FavMV | Aug 22, 2012 7:05:57 PM

Lauryn Hill is scheduled to be sentenced by Magistrate Judge Madeline C. Arleo on April 22, 2013, at 11:00 am.

Posted by: Sam | Apr 12, 2013 8:52:07 AM

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