Bernhoft Law

Video Case Study: “The Unwinnable Case in the Impossible Place”


On February 1, 2008, Wesley Snipes and his lead trial attorneys at Bernhoft Law made worldwide headline news when an all-white jury in Ocala, Florida, found Snipes not guilty on all felony counts after a dramatic three-week trial.

It was a decision that caught legal “experts” throughout the country by complete surprise. They had predicted that Snipes would easily be convicted on the conspiracy and tax fraud felony counts, and face up to 16 years in prison. “It’s the unwinnable case in the impossible place,” cackled one cable news pundit.

But for those who knew about Bernhoft Law’s unusually high acquittal rate in previous tax trials, and who were aware of the radical strategy the firm was willing to execute throughout the Snipes litigation, the stunning defeat of the government’s attempt to secure multiple felony convictions came as scant surprise. (Snipes was convicted on three of six misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file a tax return.)

The story of how the Bernhoft Law firm pulled off the impossible is told in the videos linked above.

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