Actor Wesley Snipes’ appeal was rejected by the Atlanta court on Tuesday, making it impossible for the action movie star to hope for a new trial. According to Associated Press, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the appeal after Snipes’ lawyers reported some irregularities in the process of the conviction of their client.
Wesley Snipes was charged with tax evasion a few years ago. In 2008 he was convicted to three years in prison. He entered the prison facility in Pennsylvania in December 2010. Now, his lawyers opened the case again on the basis of an unfair trial confirmed by former jurors. According to the defense lawyers, some members of the jury admitted to “misconduct among other members of the panel” as Yahoo! News reports. One juror sent an e-mail to the attorneys stating that three people from the jury decided that Wesley Snipes was guilty even before the trial began.
The federal court took the evidence and studied it, but in the end decided that it was conclusive enough and so, it did not require the re-judging of the case. The information in the e-mail was not a “strong, substantial and incontrovertible evidence”, an official statement from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Tuesday.
In late December, just a couple of days before entering the Federal Prison in Lewis Run, Wesley Snipes was invited to the Larry King show on CNN to talk about his upcoming experience. The actor said that the idea of being away from family and society for such a long time is indeed scary. “I think any man would be nervous”, he confesses, “given the length of time that they are suggesting that I be away from my family, away from my profession away from my ability to provide for my family and for those who have depended upon me to contribute to society.”