ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Hamline University law professor has been placed on probation for two years for failing to file state tax returns for 2004 through 2007.

Ramsey County Judge Salvador Rosas also sentenced 48-year-old Robin Magee of St. Paul on Friday to 80 hours of community service and a $300 fine.

Magee originally faced felony charges, which were dropped when prosecutors determined she did not purposely try to avoid paying her taxes. A jury convicted her of gross misdemeanors.

Magee told investigators she did not understand tax law.

In a statement, Hamline says Magee’s actions are contrary to the values of its law school. The school says Magee is currently a tenured faculty member at Hamline but has not taught classes there since the fall of 2009.

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Comments (8)
  1. Justus says:

    Finally, someone reports responsibly what really happened. Failing to file is different than failing to pay.

  2. x says:

    For heaven sakes.
    If a LAW professor does not understand tax law, what sort of talents are required to understand how to file your taxes.

    I suppose that she could have gone over to Wall Mart and asked the clerk to direct her to the H&R person in the store to find out if she needed to file taxes.

    I don’t buy the argument. She should have a much much larger penalty than what she received.

    How did the prosecutors determine that she did not purposely try to avoid paying her taxes?
    She is an adult and I would assume that she has been paying taxes for her money earning part of her life. If so, what has changed that she “does not understand” that she doesn’t need to pay taxes for 3 years??

  3. James R. Watland says:

    WCCO News

    Dear Sir: I see no problem with Professor Magees actions. If the Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas doesn’t understand the Law, how could a college professor be held to a higher standard than a Supreme Court Justice? For what ever reason prefessor Magee failed to file or improperly filed a tax return, at least she has been held accountable for her actions which is more than can be said for Supreme Court Justice Thomas. Justice Thomas has certainly set the standards that we all should be held to.

  4. BeckyC says:

    Oh please. Completely lame excuse. I remember hearing somewhere “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” again the law favoring those of higher socioeconomic status.

  5. macatmacdotcom says:

    Watland – Prepositions don’t belong at the end of the sentence. Also, Justice Thomas isn’t even mentioned in the article. Responsible posting on the internet involves at least a minimal attempt at trying to stay on point and away from thread hijacking. Get your act together. Back on thread . .

    I’m skeptical of anyone aged 48 with a law degree who professes not to understand that Minnesota has a state tax that you need to file for and pay. State taxes are covered at least tangentially in Constitutional Law and many other law school courses. One has to at least consider the possibility that the State backed off because they didn’t want to deal with the PR hit of teeing off on a female, black law professor claiming a disability.

  6. X says:

    What part of being black and disabled has anything to do whether one files taxes or not?

    I know many black , as well as white disabled folks who still pay taxes.

    1. Sarge says:

      How many of them are law professors?

  7. Thad says:

    If she was employed by Hamline University, she got a pay check with taxes taken out of it. Wouldn’t that make you currious? I guess she forgot about when she fille out the W4 form when she was hired, which she had to personally sign. I don’t buy the idea that a law professor doesn’t understand the law. If she was unfamilar with tax law, her profession gives her access to plenty of material to learn about the law. What, she doesn’t know how to use Google either?

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