Man with religious objection to filing tax returns sentenced

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a northwestern Oregon man to probation for four counts of willfully failing to file tax returns after the court last year threw out his religious objection as a viable defense in an unusual second trial. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Michael Bowman said the case has destroyed him financially and he accused the judge of causing him a “grave injustice” by denying his defense that he didn’t want to fund abortion. U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman said he didn’t believe Bowman was a con man trying to avoid his tax obligation but that there was a sincere belief behind it.