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By Michael McGuire

An IRS employee testified today that four men accused of orchestrating tax defiance schemes used a variety of reasons for refusing to pay federal taxes, ranging from membership in an Indian tribe to entitlement to reparations for slavery.

Shauna Henline, an IRS senior technical advisor, said the returns and claims filed by the men landed in the agency’s service center’s “funny box,” where frivolous claims are flagged and reviewed.

She testified in federal court in Washington in the case against Eddie Kahn, Stephen Hunter, Danny True, Allan Tanguay and Jerry Williamson, all of Florida.

They worked for American Rights Litigators, also known as Guiding Light of God Ministries, in Mount Dora, Fla. They are charged with conspiring to help taxpayers, for a fee of $300 to $500, avoid paying the IRS. (more…)

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By Ben Petitto

Pornographer John “Buttman” Stagliano wants to play in open court more than five hours of his movies so a jury won’t be biased by short clips taken out of context, his lawyers argued today in federal court in Washington.

“He’s entitled to know that a jury has viewed the whole film, not just trailers,” said H. Louis Sirkin, a Cincinnati-based defense attorney.

Stagliano, 58, his corporation Stagliano Inc., and his studio, Evil Angel Productions, face seven counts of knowingly transporting obscene matter for the purpose of sale and distribution. The charges deal with three movies, including “Milk Nymphos” and “Storm Squirters 2: Target Practice,” that Stagliano’s businesses produced and sold on the Internet and through the U.S. mail.

The case against Stagliano, a former porn star who writes, directs and produces porn films, also raises questions about the scope of the First Amendment’s protection of free speech, the definition of obscenity and the government’s efforts to police the multibillion-dollar industry. (more…)

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By Jayna Johns

Two appellate court judges voiced skepticism today about claims by four people who say the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) intentionally hired a man who pretended to be a lawyer to represent them in immigration, job discrimination and divorce proceedings.

Judges David B. Sentelle and A. Raymond Randolph repeatedly pressed attorney David Yerushalmi to prove his assertion that CAIR, a non-profit civil rights organization, engaged in racketeering and conspired to cover up its hiring of a fake lawyer to represent Muslim-Americans who needed legal help.

“Why would an employer have a conspiracy to hire someone who was not an attorney?” asked Sentelle, who is chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. (more…)

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By Rachel Aiken

A Yemeni man held as a suspected terrorist at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since he was 18 should not be released because he is a member of al-Qaida, a U.S. government lawyer told a federal judge today.

Stephen Elliott, a Justice Department lawyer, said the United States remains a target—abroad and at home—of people like Mahmoad Abdah, now 27, who has been held without criminal charges for the past eight years at Camp Delta, where the U.S. government houses suspected terrorists captured in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Elliott referred to the casualties of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as foiled terrorist plots, including the failed car-bombing in New York’s Times Square on May 1, as a reminder of the danger that remains. (more…)

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