Tax fraud

An appeals court decided not to suppress evidence of tax protester Charles Adams’ tax evasion and conspiracy scheme just because IRS agents packed heat during the search.

Even if the IRS violated the law’s guidelines governing when they can carry, “suppression of evidence is strong medicine, not to be dispensed casually,” wrote Senior Judge Bruce Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Selya also deep-sixed Adams’ argument that the trial judge didn’t properly instruct the jury on his good-faith belief that he wasn’t liable for the taxes. “[T]he defendant was not entitled to put his words into the judge’s mouth,” he wrote. — Sheri Qualters

Prop 8 Doc

Any surprise that the same-sex ­marriage battle in California is now the subject of a movie? The documentary, called “The Case Against 8,” depicts the legal battle brought by Los Angeles-based Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Boies, Schiller & Flexner challenging Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The film is one of 16 U.S. documentaries competing at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs through Jan. 26 in Park City, Utah. Shot over five years, the documentary starts with the trial in San Francisco, which ended in a landmark ruling, and ends with the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision. Remarking upon the film’s debut in Utah, whose ban against same-sex ­marriage was ruled unconstitutional in December, co-director Ben Cotner told The Salt Lake Tribune, “It’s not a liberal-­conservative issue. It’s a human-rights issue.” — Amanda Bronstad