Friday, November 19, 2010
On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges rejected requests by the actor's attorney to review his sentence and grant him a new trial. Snipes has been free on bond since the original sentence was handed out nearly 2 years ago while appeals have been filed on his behalf.
CNN claims to have obtained court documents that states the judge ruled "The Defendant, Wesley Trent Snipes, is ordered and directed to surrender himself for execution of sentence upon receipt of notice from the United States Marshal or the Bureau of Prisons as to where, when and to whom he should report for that purpose."
In 2008, Snipes was convicted on three misdemeanor counts of wilful failure to file his income tax returns. Prosecutors claimed that the 48 year old actor failed to pay millions of dollars in income taxes.
In the judge's 16 page decision he wrote, "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."