Judge says Sheehan Doesn't Have to Answer Questions in Tax Case

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A federal judge said Thursday that activist Cindy Sheehan doesn't have to answer questions or hand over documents in a tax case.

Sheehan is refusing to pay taxes as a protest of U.S. wars in the Middle East, and has been since her son was killed in the Iraq War in 2004.

"I refuse to fund the empire's crimes and wars," Sheehan said in a press release. "I feel a certain amount of guilt that my taxes were used to murder my own son."

Sheehan says the amount the U.S. spends on defense is one of the reasons the country's economy has soured.

According to a press release, Sheehan agreed to meet with the IRS in May but reserved the right to refuse to answer any questions, citing the 1st and 5th Amendments.

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