Judge denies Wesley Snipes appeal, orders him to report to prison
Post updated at 7:10 p.m. EST; originally published at 3:40 p.m. EST
Wesley Snipes may be going to jail.
After a lengthy attempt to appeal his 2008 conviction on three counts of failure to file income taxes -- one that included a motion for a new trial -- U.S. District Court Judge William T. Hodges has issued a 17-page order that says the "Blade" star must surrender to authorities and serve his three-year prison sentence.
Using a pair of e-mails from jurors as evidence, Snipes's defense team had attempted to argue, among other things, that the actor did not receive a fair trial because some members of the jury presumed his guilt. It's unclear whether another appeal might be attempted; e-mails seeking comment from one of Snipes's lawyers and his publicist have not been returned.
Update: In response to that request for comment, a publicist for Snipes forwarded the following statement from attorney Daniel Meachum, which echoes the quotes that appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.
“It is just shocking! Wesley is very disappointed, but staying strong and positive. We as the legal team will continue to press forward to pursue justice on behalf of our client whom we truly feel has received a great injustice. Not necessarily by the judge's decision, but by the misrepresentation of the government.
We were hopeful that we had convinced Judge Hodges of two things: that the government's witness, Ken Starr, had perjured himself and that the government knew of his criminal activities; and that three jurors had predetermined Mr. Snipes’ guilt prior to the presentation of evidence.
We stay hopeful, prayerful, and positive and determined to exhaust all plausible avenues in this matter.”
During an interview with me earlier this year, Snipes seemed optimistic about how the case would turn out. When asked if the prospect of a possible prison sentence weighed on him, he said: "Yeah, but that's life, you know? You walk out in the street, you don't know if you're going to get hit by a car. So you're just keeping moving, you're keeping moving. And if mind can control matter, then you project how you want things to become . . . as opposed to concentrating on using that same energy to create your demise or work against you. So I just project that everything is going great."
The order states that Snipes will receive word from the Bureau of Prisons or the U.S. Marshal -- some irony there since Snipes actually starred in a movie called "U.S. Marshals" -- as to when and where he must surrender.
| November 19, 2010; 7:10 PM ET
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