Wesley asks for new tax trial

Wesley asks for new tax trial

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Wesley Snipes has made a last-minute bid for a new trial

Wesley Snipes has made a last-minute request for a new trial a day before he is scheduled to report to prison for failing to pay taxes.

The actor’s lawyer Daniel Meachum has said he received an e-mail from a juror who claims three others on the panel had formed an opinion about Wesley’s guilt before the trial. In the emergency motion filed in federal court in Ocala, Snipes says the judge erred by not allowing defence lawyers to interview jurors about misconduct allegations.

He’s asking a judge to reconsider his decision not to grant the actor a new trial.

Wesley is required to report today (Dec 9) to a federal prison in Pennsylvania. The 48-year-old star of the Blade trilogy was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanour counts of wilful failure to file income tax returns.

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