SNIPES TREATED FAIRLY?

Austin American-Statesman - - SATURDAY BRIEFING -

Attorneys for ac­tor Wes­ley Snipes say they want to ques­tion ju­rors who con­victed the ac­tor of tax-re­lated charges to de­ter­mine whether any had made up their minds about his guilt be­fore trial.

The mo­tion filed Fri­day in Florida fed­eral court says an un­named ju­ror sent Snipes’ at­tor­ney an e-mail claim­ing that three other ju­rors had pre­sumed Snipe’s guilt. The mo­tion says that would vi­o­late Snipes’ con­sti­tu­tional right to a fair trial.

Snipes was con­victed in 2008 of three mis­de­meanor counts of will­ful fail­ure to file his in­come tax re­turns. The 47-year-old is free on an ap­peals bond. How­ever, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in Florida have asked a judge to re­voke the bond and or­der Snipes to be­gin serv­ing a three-year sen­tence.

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