News Round-Up: Bill Sizemore Goes To Jail

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Bill Sizemore pleaded guilty yesterday to felony tax evasion charges and was sent directly to Marion County jail, where he’ll spend the next 30 days. As part of his plea deal, he’l be on probation for the next three years and has to complete 100 hours of community service. Also as part of his deal, he’ll have to obey the law.

Here is a collection of the local news clips about Sizemore’s plea.

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BLOG: Bill Sizemore pleads guilty to felony tax evasion
Sockeye Blog
“In a surprise announcement this afternoon, Attorney General John Kroger announced that initiative racketeer Bill Sizemore pleaded guilty to three counts of felony tax evasion for failure to file state income-tax returns. The guilty plea means that he’ll be sentenced to three years of probation, starting immediately with 30 days in Marion County Jail. The sentencing was a long time coming for Sizemore, who has spent the last 15 years corrupting Oregon’s election, nonprofit, and tax laws. In order to avoid revealing how much personal and political money was flowing into his pockets, Sizemore set up a web of fake charities and for-profit businesses to hide the cash.”

We can now refer to him as Bill Sizemore, felon
Willamette Week
“Tax activist and conservative initiative sponsor Bill Sizemore swore all along he would never, ever admit to the criminal tax evasion that he was charged with by the state of Oregon back in 2009. He’d paid his taxes, Sizemore said. He’d just never filed his returns. And just last week, Sizemore told WW he was going to fight the charges to the end. Well, this was Sizemore after all, who is nothing if not unreliable and pragmatic. Sizemore, 60, pleaded guilty Thursday to three felony counts of personal tax evasion only few days before he was scheduled to stand trial in Marion County Circuit Court. His wife, Cindy, had also been charged, but she had already pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts in October 2010 and was given 18 months’ probation. Sizemore was sentenced to 30 days in jail and has to abide by a series of conditions (see below). He had faced up to five years in prison for each count.”

Sizemore gets jail time for tax evasion
Statesman Journal
“Initiative activist Bill Sizemore pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of felony tax evasion for failure to file state income-tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008. He will serve 30 days in Marion County Jail, beginning immediately, and three years’ probation as part of a plea agreement negotiated with the state. The sentence was pronounced Thursday before Judge Claudia Burton in Marion County Circuit Court. A trial was tentatively set to start Tuesday. Burton had denied most of Sizemore’s pre-trial motions in a proceeding July 26, leaving little in the way of legal grounds for Sizemore to argue why he chose not to file returns despite obtaining extensions for at least two of those years. It was after that proceeding that Sizemore raised the possibility of a plea agreement with the state.”

Sizemore sentenced to jail, probation
Portland Business Journal
“Oregon anti-tax activist Bill Sizemore was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation after pleading guilty Thursday to three counts of Oregon personal income tax evasion, a class C felony. Sizemore was Oregon’s Republican nominee for governor in 1998, but lost to Democrat John Kitzhaber. Sizemore, 60, was indicted by a grand jury in October 2009 for failing to file state income tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008, according to the state Attorney General’s office. ‘Everybody has to pay their taxes,’ said Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, in a statement. ‘There are no exceptions.’ Under a plea agreement, Sizemore must also complete 100 hours of community service following his release from jail; repay the state for his court-appointed attorney fees; file tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008; and file all future income tax returns on time.”

Bill Sizemore pleads guilty, goes directly to jail
BlueOregon
“Bill Sizemore has pleaded guilty to three counts of tax evasion, and was sent immediately to Marion County jail for a 30-day sentence. He’ll also serve three years of probation. His trial was expected to start next week.”

BLOG: Bill Sizemore’s going to jail
Daily KOS
“OK, only for 30 days, but notorious anti-tax advocate Bill Sizemore, who during the 1990s terrorized Oregon politics and Oregon labor unions with his anti-government and anti-land-use ballot measures, is headed to jail, after pleading guilty to three counts of–what else–income tax evasion.  (He was prosecuted for evading his Oregon income tax bill; no word if the feds have any interest in him). He also gets 36 months of probation, 100 hours of community service, and must re-file his taxes (CORRECTLY, this time).  Oh, and he gets to pay the state’s court costs.  Sizemore, whose career as a libertarian bomb-thrower (he stays away from social issues) included a run for the governor’s mansion in 1998–securing the GOP nomination but getting crushed by the incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber, who of course is back in the governor’s mansion.”

Sizemore goes to jail for not paying taxes
Portland Tribune
“Anti-tax activist Bill Sizemore was sentenced to three years probation and 30 days in jail after pleading guilty Thursday to felony tax evasion charges in Marion County Circuit Court. Sizemore, 60, was facing three counts of Oregon personal income tax evasion for failing to file state income tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008. In addition to probation and jail time, Sizemore must do 100 hours of community service, he must repay his court-appointed attorney and he must file tax returns for 2006, 2007 and 2008 within 120 days.”

BLOG: Bill Sizemore’s mug shot
Portland Mercury
“Attorney General John Kroger announced yesterday evening that perennial initiative-backer Bill Sizemore plead guilty to failing to file his taxes for three years. That trick won him a sentence of three years of probation, starting immediately with 30 days in Marion County Jail. That’s funny because Bill Sizemore has pushed rewrites of the Oregon tax code, including Measure 47, which capped annual property tax increases. Sadly, no one told him that non of his initiatives did away with tax entirely. (It’s not funny because he has kids and anyone’s dad going to jail is a sad event.) This is not Sizemore’s first time in jail. In 2008, he spent time in Multnomah County jail for illegal campaign activities. A year later, he was indicted for tax evasion and found to be broke.”

Sizemore pleads guilty to tax evasion
AP via Register Guard
“Oregon anti-tax activist Bill Sizemore will spend 30 days in jail and three years on probation after pleading guilty Thursday to state tax-evasion charges. Kate Medema, a spokeswoman for Attorney General John Kroger, said Sizemore also owes the state $55,000 in back taxes and $2,000 for his court-appointed lawyer. Kroger said in a statement that Sizemore, an unsuccessful Republican nominee for governor in 1998, accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced Thursday afternoon. ‘Everybody has to pay their taxes,’ Kroger said. ‘There are no exceptions.'”

Bill Sizemore pleads guilty to tax evasion
KUOW
“Conservative Oregon initiative activist Bill Sizemore will serve 30 days in jail. The former Republican nominee for governor pled guilty Thursday to three counts of tax evasion. Bill Sizemore was best known for his anti-tax initiatives. Now, it’s a failure to file his state taxes over the course of three years that’s sending him to jail. He was set to go on trial next week. As part of the plea deal, Sizemore will serve 30 days in the Marion County jail. That’s followed by three years of supervised probation, plus 100 hours of community service. Sizemore also has to repay the state for the cost of his court-appointed attorney. And he has four months to file those missing tax returns.”

Bill Sizemore pleads guilty to tax evasion charges, goes directly to jail
Oregonian
“Bill Sizemore, a prolific initiative petitioner who rewrote Oregon’s property tax laws and twice ran for governor, pleaded guilty late Thursday to felony tax evasion and immediately went to jail.  Under a plea agreement, which includes three counts of evasion, Sizemore must serve 30 days in Marion County Jail and 36 months of supervised probation. Suzanne Taylor, Sizemore’s court-appointed attorney, said he was taken into custody Thursday after his appearance before a Marion County judge. ‘I think he made the best legal choice that he could,’ she said. ‘He’s grateful to have worked out what he did and hopefully he’ll move on.'”

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