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July 17, 2010 by Post Team
The appeals court in Atlanta ruled that the judge properly ordered the white men 47 years old star can not jump.
His lawyers had argued that the sentence was “unreasonable” and should have been granted a hearing to decide whether his trial should have been held in New York instead of Florida.
Snipes, star of the Blade trilogy and Passenger 57, received the maximum sentence a judge in Florida in 2008 to avoid over and 15 million (£ 7.5 million) in federal income taxes from the top of his career.
The two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington had written to the judge of the U.S. District Court William Terrell Hodges asking that Snipes, 45, spared a prison sentence.
“Wesley is like a mighty oak tree,” he wrote.
“Many who know him have witnessed the fruits of their work. I have sat in its shade and even been protected by his presence.”
Woody Harrelson, Snipes who said he had known for two decades and starred with him in the movie Wildcats, said his friend was “a true citizen of the world.”
“He strives to achieve justice in all relationships and is an honor to call Wes my brother,” he said.
Several friends show, including actors, a costume designer and even a justice of the TV during the day, also provide brilliant character references. But their appeal fell on deaf ears.
Snipes was convicted of three counts of failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2001, but was acquitted of felony fraud and conspiracy.
His lawyers had argued that its accountants, Douglas P Rosile and Eddie Ray Kahn, who also received prison sentences, had deceived his client with a claim that there was no law requiring him to pay the tax.
U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill, however, told the judge that Snipes was a “notorious” tax protestor who deliberately used false and discredited arguments to avoid paying.
In a long note to the court for the maximum sentence of 36 months, prosecutors said Snipes out a campaign of conduct imposed a decade of criminal law combining brazen defiance with insidious concealment “that amounted to 15 million and tax evasion and $ 41 million in “intended harm” to the U.S. Treasury.
During the investigation by the U.S. tax agency, the Internal Revenue Service, Snipes was detained at Johannesburg airport for allegedly trying to pass through using a fake South African passport. He was arrested shortly after being deported to U.S..
Snipes’ lawyers had no comment on today’s ruling.
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