IMAGE: Ed and Elaine Brown
Jim Cole  /  AP file
Ed and Elaine Brown, seen talking to reporters in June, were arrested last week by U.S. Marshals posing as supporters.
updated 10/11/2007 1:49:17 PM ET 2007-10-11T17:49:17

Appeals filed on behalf of a husband and wife imprisoned for tax evasion were dismissed by a federal court because the couple did not pay the filing fees.

Ed and Elaine Brown abandoned their trial in January and holed up in their home in Plainfield, N.H., refusing to report to authorities to serve their sentences. The Browns were sentenced in April to more than five years in prison for hiding $1.9 million in income to avoid paying federal income tax, for which they believe there is no law.

The judge who presided over the trial filed their appeals, inferring by the Browns' actions that they would want to appeal the convictions.

But the documents on the dismissal dated Tuesday noted the Browns failed to pay filing fees of $455 each and made no effort to contact the U.S. Court of Appeals in Boston.

The couple had vowed to resist if authorities tried to arrest them, but they were taken into custody last week when U.S. Marshals feigned being supporters to gain entry to the Browns' home.

Ed Brown, 65, is serving his time at the low-security prison in Elkton, Ohio, and Elaine Brown, 67, is at a minimum-security women's prison in Danbury, Conn.

Federal authorities have said more charges are possible because weapons were found at the home and the Browns obstructed justice and threatened law enforcement during the standoff, which lasted months.

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