Unhappy Holidays for Wesley Snipes: Judge Denies Request for Delayed Jail Term
Updated: Actor Wesley Snipes had sought a month’s delay before he begins serving a three-year sentence for failing to file tax returns, so he could spend the holidays with his four minor children.
But the request received a “Bah, humbug!” response from a federal judge in Florida, reports TMZ. Wrote the jurist, in reply: “The sooner he begins his sentence, the sooner it will end.”
Scheduled to turn himself in on Thursday to begin serving his time in a Pennsylvania prison, Snipes said tonight on Larry King Live that he is nervous about going to prison, as anyone would be. He also said that he has paid his taxes, was the victim of bad advice by professionals on whom he relied and has been treated harshly due to his celebrity, reports CNN.
It appears that he is pinning his hopes on a U.S. Supreme Court appeal, which was anticipated at the time of an Orlando Sentinel article discussing his case last month.
An earlier ABAJournal.com post provides further details about Snipes’ conviction.
Updated at 11 p.m. to include information from CNN and Orlando Sentinel.