Friday, January 11, 2008

New Orleans Jacques Morial gets home detention

Jacques Morial, the younger brother of former New Orleans mayor and current National Urban League President Marc Morial, was sentenced Wednesday to six months of home confinement and three years of probation for failing to file federal income tax returns for three years (I guess illegal immigrants pay federal taxes). The sentence, imposed by U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon, brought a quiet end to a controversial investigation that began in 2004, when armed federal agents used a battering ram to knock down the front door of the younger Morial's French Quarter townhouse so they execute a search warrant. Three and a half years later, in September 2006, Jacques Morial pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor tax counts. Morial had settled his tax debt of $26,600 for those years by the time of his indictment. By Gordon Russell, Staff writer, Times Picayune.

Not the IRS but federal agents, the FBI, arrived at Jacques' French Quarter residence at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, Valentine's Day. The agents announced their presence with bullhorns and told Morial to let them in. Agents brandished weapons and wore protective vests, one minute and 10 seconds later, they battered down his front door. All this, for what? His computer. How many people do you know that haven't filed their Federal taxes last year, last three years or more? Is this legal? YES! With a Federal Judge search warrant, if you don't answer your door in 20 seconds they can knock down your front door. And the Democrats are worried about wire taps. Maybe we should get rid for the IRS and this Federal mess with the flat tax?

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