We know we said that in July. But they actually have him in custody now. No more dodging the clink for Nino Brown.
TMZ reports Wesley Snipes turned himself in to federal authorities earlier this afternoon, and is on his way to a federal prison, where he’ll start a 3-year bid. Which he was sentenced to in April 2008.
For the past two years plus, Wesley Snipes has been fighting three charges of failing to file Federal income tax returns. Today, an Orlando judge shut him down by not only denying his appeal, but ordering him to turn himself in.
A federal judge today rejected movie star Wesley Snipes’ demand for a new trial and ordered the actor to surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to begin serving a 36-month prison sentence for tax-related crimes.
In a 17-page order, U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges said, “The Defendant Snipes had a fair trial; he has had a full, fair and thorough review of his conviction and sentence by the Court of Appeals; and he has had a full, fair and thorough review of his present claims, during all of which he has remained at liberty. The time has come for the judgment to be enforced.”
“It is just shocking,” Snipes’ Atlanta-based lawyer Daniel Meachum said in an e-mail to the Orlando Sentinel. “Wesley is very disappointed but staying strong and positive.”
The actor’s defense team had hoped the judge would grant Snipes a new trial after receiving e-mails from two jurors who claimed that other members of the panel had concluded the actor was guilty before the trial began.
Meachum also argued that a key government witness, Kenneth Starr, provided “tainted” testimony against Snipes. Starr, a New York financial adviser with a stable of celebrity clients, pleaded guilty recently to fraud.
“We were hopeful that we had convinced Judge Hodges that the government’s witness, Ken Starr, had perjured himself and that the government knew of his criminal activities and the predetermined minds of three jurors, but we obviously fell short in accomplishing that,” Meachum said.
You better hope nobody at the jail house remembers Noxeema Jackson.