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Wesley Snipes appeals his 3 tax convictions



Tbd-wesleysnipes112309 From the AP: Wesley Snipes' attorneys asked a federal appeals court in Atlanta on Friday to review an "unreasonable" three-year prison sentence for the film star, who was convicted a year ago for owing $2.7 million in back taxes.

His attorneys also argued the actor should have been granted a hearing to decide whether his trial should have been in New York instead of Florida. Because we all know how unfair the Florida courts are.

Prosecutors countered that Snipes, 47, had plenty of time to appeal to move the case to New York in a timely manner before he was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file his income tax returns. Besides, they contended, housing records showed he lived in Florida as well as New York, just like most of the Yankees.

The three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued no immediate decision, possibly because they were wondering why it took Snipes this long to ask for a change of venue.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:06am]


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