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April 17, 2008

No delay for Snipes sentencing

For lots of reasons detailed in prior posts, I am really looking forward Wesley Snipes' sentencing on tax evasion charges next week. Thus, I was pleased to see this new news on this front:

A federal judge has rejected a motion to delay actor Wesley Snipes' sentencing on tax evasion charges, scheduled for next week. Senior U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges denied without comment a bid by Snipes' legal team to postpone the sentencing scheduled for April 24.

In the motion filed Tuesday, Snipes lead attorney Daniel Meachum argued that Snipes' tax returns were complex and that the defense and prosecution could not agree on the amount of taxes Snipes owes for 1999, 2000 and 2001. An Ocala jury convicted Snipes on Feb. 1 of three counts of misdemeanor willful failure to file tax returns for those three years. Prosecutors are seeking a three-year prison term for Snipes, the maximum possible, and a fine of at least $5 million.

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