Monday, June 6, 2011

Supreme Court Rejects Wesley Snipes' Appeal

Actor Wesley Snipes, serving a three-year prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns, suffered a legal setback today when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case. The 48-year-old was convicted in 2008 in a Florida court for willful failure to file federal tax returns from 1999 through 2001. Before he began his three-year sentence last December, Wesley gave this epic interview to CNN, where he blamed his accountants and claimed he was prosecuted because he's Wesley Snipes. Attorneys for Wesley said the case was improperly brought in Florida and should have been moved to New York, but the trial judge and an appeals court rejected those arguments. Defense attorneys said that, during the earlier tax years in question, Wesley lived with his family in New York City and then moved to a home in the northern New Jersey suburbs. He also had a residence near Los Angeles. U.S. Justice Department prosecutors said Florida was the proper venue for the case. They presented evidence at trial that Wesley was born in Florida, had a home in Windermere, Florida, since 1992, had a Florida driver's license and listed Windermere as his residence in contracts for the "Blade" movies.

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