Since July 26, Francis "Frank" [Francis Donnelly] has been serving a year-and-a-day federal prison sentence for war tax resistance. The feds claimed Donnelly evaded tens of thousands of dollars in back taxes in his small lobster business, but the truth is Donnelly's annual income was only about $50,000 a year during the time the IRS spent investigating the case.U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock, who sentenced Donnelly, also came down hard on the defendant for not going public about his tax resistance. Woodcock, who seemed to be conflicted about how to punish Donnelly, believes civil disobethence is best expressed in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, who advocated for open and public discourse in his peace campaigns. While Gandhi, and later in the 20th century, Martin Luther King, Jr., expressed their direct action openly in the public square so to speak, Donnelly's decision to quietly refuse to pay his taxes is also considered a valid means of war-tax resistance by many others.Following an all-day hearing, Woodcock ultimately sent Donnelly to prison and imposed more than $92,000 in fines and restitution. After his release, Donnelly must also serve one year of probation. The Internal Revenue Service has also presented Donnelly with a bill for almost $1 million for back taxes and fines, a figure Donnelly said grossly distorts his income.
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