Wesley Snipes Free On Bail While Appealing Federal Convictions

OCALA, Fla. (AP) -- Wesley Snipes will be allowed to remain free on bail as he appeals three federal tax convictions.

Judge William Terrell Hodges granted Snipes' motion for bail Thursday pending appeal of his case, saying Snipes doesn't pose a flight risk and is not a threat to the community.

The 45-year-old actor was sentenced last month to three years in prison on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file his income tax returns.

Snipes' attorneys plan to argue before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the trial judge erred in several ways before and after his February conviction.

Snipes, the star of the "Blade" trilogy, "White Men Can't Jump," "Jungle Fever" and other films, hasn't filed a tax return since 1998, the government alleged.

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  • by Mike on May 23, 2008 at 05:42 PM
    How is it he was convicted,and sentenced then granted bail. If this was case with all, there wouldnt be a single person on death row.Everyone else has to do the time so should he.Rich or not. I must say america is becoming a joke and we wonder why were hated by the rest of the world.
  • by voter Location: nc on May 23, 2008 at 05:00 PM
    al sharpton owes 1.5 million in back taxes,,doesn't seem to effect him either. wonder why some get preferential treatment ?
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane,NC on May 23, 2008 at 03:07 PM
    Florida is a good state for people like Snipes. Strawberry has broken probation moe times than he has fingers, and of course guess where OJ lives. Snipes will probaly pay some taxes but not the 2 mill or so, more like 250,000, if that.
  • by David Location: Manteo on May 23, 2008 at 11:20 AM
    This is just typical! This just goes to show that money and fame can buy your way out of any situation. This also proves that our judicial system is a JOKE! Famous always come first. If you aren't famous, look forward to spending your time for your crime. If you are famous, you can almost bet that no matter what you do, you will be back home for dinner that same night. TYPICAL! TYPICAL! TYPICAL! I have completely lost all faith and trust in our judicial system!
  • by Anonymous Location: north carolina on May 23, 2008 at 08:38 AM
    if he wasn't famous he would have to pull his time like ordinary people. he probably won't pull any time at all'
  • by Mouth Of The Hood Location: Greenville on May 23, 2008 at 08:25 AM
    Why doesn't he just pay the Gov't what he owes? If it were any of us regular citizens we would be in the slammer. I am a fan of Blade but not a fan of special legal treatment for people of the public eye. It's not fair all of us have to pay taxes. What do you guys think?

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