Wesley Snipes Still Hopes Avoiding Prison Term

December 08, 2010 09:11:02 GMT

The actor, who is ordered to begin his three-year sentence for tax evasion on December 9, says, 'We believe in miracles.'


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Wesley Snipes is still hoping for a "miracle" to stop him going to prison on Thursday, December 9 as his lawyer seeks a review of his tax evasion case. The "Blade" star and his attorneys have spent two years fighting his 2008 conviction, which found him guilty of failing to file returns or pay tax on earnings of $38 million, dating back to 1999.

He lost his appeal and his battle for a retrial and was recently ordered to turn himself in to Pennsylvania authorities by December 9 to begin his three-year sentence for tax evasion. His attorney Daniel Meachum made a last-ditch attempt to postpone the surrender date last week by asking a federal judge in Florida to push back the start of Snipes' jail term until January 6, 2011 - but a judge ruled against the appeal.

But with less than two days to go before his surrender date, Snipes still hopes to find a way to avoid prison. Lawyer Meachum appeared on U.S. TV on Tuesday night, December 7, telling Larry King he believes there are irregularities in the case and discussing plans to seek a review from the Supreme Court.

Snipes also told the host, "Any man would be nervous if his liberty was at stake. Right now, I'm more upset and disappointed that the system seems to not be working for me. We still have prayers out there, Larry, and we believe in miracles. Don't send me up the river, yet."


 




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