Actor Snipes to seek new trial in federal tax case

OCALA

Snipes to ask judge for new trial

Actor Wesley Snipes is heading back to court, hoping to convince a judge he deserves a new trial because he claims the jury was biased. U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges will hear arguments Nov. 15. Snipes argues some jurors decided he was guilty before hearing any evidence and prosecutors hid damaging information about a key witness. Snipes faces a three-year prison sentence for tax-related crimes. Snipes was found guilty of willfully failing to file federal tax returns. Defense lawyers say they received e-mails from two jurors who claim that three other members of the jury made up their minds before the 2008 trial began. An e-mail said the verdicts were a compromise.

MIAMI BEACH

Officials move to combat hookworms

Three people have been treated for hookworms believed to have come from a stretch of Miami Beach where there are feral cats nearby. City and county officials have developed a plan to prevent an outbreak and cleaned and disinfected an area by the boardwalk and sand dunes. The parasite can be carried in cat feces, and there is a large stray cat population nearby. .

FORT WALTON BEACH

License of greyhound trainer suspended

A Panhandle dog trainer, whose 32 greyhounds were found dead, has had his license to train and race dogs suspended. Florida's Department of Business and Professional regulation said Tuesday that it has suspended the license and served an administrative complaint against the Ponce de Leon man.

TITUSVILLE

Man snares 14-foot alligator in lake

A central Florida man caught an alligator that measured more than 14 feet long. The 14-foot, 31/2-inch male alligator was caught in Lake Washington in Brevard County on Sunday night. It weighed 654 pounds.

Associated Press

Actor Snipes to seek new trial in federal tax case 11/02/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 2:02am]

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