Wesley Snipes Tries To Avoid Jail
Although it has been reported that actor Wesley Snipes has to begin his jail sentence, it seems that the star still tries to avoid prison.
But, even if Snipes does his best to begin the jail sentence later, his chances to obtain a delay are kind of low. Well, a judge just rejected Snipes’ request to surrender to authorities starting with January 6, 2011, and so be able to spend the holidays at home with his family. Snipes is supposed to surrender on Thursday, December 9. And in fact that was all that Snipes wanted, to spend the holidays with his four children, at home, and he hoped that the Florida judge will accept to change his surrender date, but, unfortunately for the Hollywood star, he will most likely spend the holidays in prison, with inmates.
Why the judge denied Wesley Snipes’ request? Well, it seems that he believed that the actor had enough time to prepare his family for the time gone since the sentence received by Snipes dates two years ago. The star had time to prepare “for the impact that his incarceration will have upon members of his family,” the judge said according to TMZ. “The sooner he begins his sentence, the sooner it will end,” he added.
And in fact, Wesley Snipes was convicted to jail about two years ago, in 2008, but he remained free on bail while appealing. The charges against the actor included three misdemeanor counts for willfully failing to file federal tax returns between 1999 and 2001. It had been reported that during the three years Snipes failed to pay $7 million in tax, the actor earning $40 million. However, he was found not guilty at five other counts. But, according to Wesley Snipes, although he failed to make the payments, the actor doesn’t believe that he deserved the three years jail sentence. And, according to CNN news, this is why he wanted to talk in “Larry King Live” show on Tuesday night, to clarify things in the media.
Well, the actor is not angry with the fact that his request was rejected by the judge, as it has been said, and Snipes believes that his case was misinterpreted in the media. But, Snipes admitted to be upset and also disappointed that the legal system was not working in his favor. The actor added that the decisions he took between 1999 and 2001 when it comes to his financial issues were based on the advice of his accountants and financial advisers. “Any man would be nervous if his liberty was at stake,” Snipes explained. “I’ve been a law abiding citizen ever since I grew up in the Bronx in New York,” he added. So, what the actor claimed is that the media lost from its attention the fact that he was advised by some people to take the decisions he took. “The press hasn’t reported that I was a client of people who I trusted,” Snipes told Larry King.
The 48 years old star still hopes to be able to avoid jail after all and his lawyers will ask a review of the cast at a U.S. Supreme Court. Well, the actor’s lawyer, who was present in Larry King’s show, claimed that Snipes was convicted although some of the jury members had reservations when it comes to the decision. Anyway, the “Blade” star is set to begin his three years jail sentence on December 9 in McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania.11