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Wesley Snipes appears in a promotional photo for Blade: Trinity. - Provided courtesy of New Line Cinema

Wesley Snipes' appeal over jail sentence and tax conviction turned down by court

06/07/2011 by Corinne Heller

Wesley Snipes recently tried to get the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction and prison sentence for failing to file income tax returns, but was unsuccessful.

On Monday, the court refused to hear an appeal by the actor, the Associated Press said. Snipes, 48, began a 3-year sentence in a federal prison in Pennsylvania in December.

Snipes wanted his trial held in New York City, where he says he lived, but was charged in Florida, where he held a driver's license, the Associated Press said, adding that lower courts refused to allow the actor to have an evidentiary hearing on this issue.

The "Blade" actor was convicted in 2008 for failing to file tax claims between 1999 and 2005, during which the actor is said to have earned $38 million.

Snipes has apologized for his actions, saying he was "unschooled in the science of law and finance". He added that he thought the sentence was unreasonable and he should have been considered for probation.

Snipes also lost an appeal regarding his case in July. His lawyers have said they believe two jurors prejudged the case. They also say Snipes' tax filings are now current.

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