It wasn't the first time Uncle Sam had thrown Irwin Schiff in prison. But when he reported to start serving a 14 year sentence for "tax crimes" at age 77 he was fairly certain it would be the last. He was right. Irwin was a political prisoner. He was locked up as an example to those who might be inclined to ask the wrong questions about the modern application of the income tax. His trial was a model for federal "show trials," devoid of fact evidence and laden with presumption, with a cooperative judge working with the DOJ to keep the defendant from presenting his case.