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Snipes's lawyers ask for new trial
Posted on Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 7:38 am
by IDMA Editor

OCALA, Fla., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Wesley Snipes's attorneys appeared at a federal courthouse in Florida Monday to request that the film star be given a new trial in his tax case.

Wesley Snipes arrives at the "Brooklyn's Finest" Premiere at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York on March 2, 2010. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh

The actor's 2008 conviction and three-year prison sentence for failure to file tax returns or pay federal income taxes were upheld by an appellate court last July.

The Cast arrives at "Brooklyn's Finest" Premiere in New York (L-R) Wesley Snipes, Richard Gere, Shannon Kane, Antoine Fuqua, Don Cheadle and Ethan Hawke arrive at the "Brooklyn's Finest" Premiere at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theater in New York on March 2, 2010. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh

Senior U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges Monday reserved ruling on Snipes's request for a new trial because of alleged jury misconduct, Ocala.com reported. The 48-year-old Florida native's lawyers claim some jury members harbored pretrial bias against Snipes.

2009 Sundance Film Festival 25th Anniversary in Park City, Utah (L-R) Director Antoine Faqua, Don Cheadle, and Wesley Snipes attend the premiere of "Brooklyn's Finest" at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 16, 2009. The festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)

The star of the "Blade" trilogy, "U.S. Marshals" and "Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" has remained free on bond until motions in the matter have been heard.

KLITSCHKO-BREWSTER WBO HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT Superstar Wesley Snipes at the Klitschko-Brewster WBO heavyweight title fight at Mandalay Bay April 10, 2004..(UPI Photo/Roger Williams)

Ocala.com said Snipes did not attend Monday's hearing.

2009 Sundance Film Festival 25th Anniversary in Park City, Utah (L-R) Actors Don Cheadle, Wesley Snipes, and Director Antoine Faqua attend the premiere of "Brooklyn's Finest" at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 16, 2009. The festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary. (UPI Photo/Gary C. Caskey)



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