Wesley Snipes Wants Another Chance

Movies & TV

John Kennedy / November 24, 2009

Wesley Snipes wants one more chance to appeal his three-year jail ruling for not paying his income taxes.

Snipes’ attorneys filed an appeal on the actor’s behalf Friday, asking a judge to reconsider his “unreasonable” sentence. In 2008, Snipes was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file his income tax returns. He owed the government around $2.7 million in taxes. He was sentenced April of that year. Snipes reportedly didn’t file because he believed the IRS wasn’t a properly established government entity. At the time of his sentencing, he also said he was “unschooled in the science of law and finance.”

Besides a less harsh sentence, Snipes’ attorneys also fought the venue where Snipes trial took place, claiming it should have been in New York, another state of residence for the 47-year-old actor, instead of his residence of Florida. But according to prosecutors, that’s all irrelevant.

“Wesley Snipes received a fair trial and fair sentence,” assistant U.S. attorney Patricia Barksdale said Friday. “His numerous appeals do not make that sentence erroneous.”

Snipes is currently free on a $1 million bond pending an appeal of his conviction and sentencing. — Linda Hobbs

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