Wesley Snipes - Snipes Still Hoping For 'Miracle' To Prevent Prison Term
Wesley Snipes is still hoping for a "miracle" to stop him going to prison on Thursday (09Dec10) as his lawyer seeks a review of his tax evasion case.
The Blade star and his attorneys have spent two years fighting his 2008 conviction, which found him guilty of failing to file returns or pay tax on earnings of $38 million (£25.3 million), dating back to 1999.
He lost his appeal and his battle for a retrial and was recently ordered to turn himself in to Pennsylvania authorities by 9 December (10) to begin his three-year sentence for tax evasion.
His attorney Daniel Meachum made a last-ditch attempt to postpone the surrender date last week (ends03Dec10) by asking a federal judge in Florida to push back the start of Snipes' jail term until 6 January (11) - but a judge ruled against the appeal.
But with less than two days to go before his surrender date, Snipes still hopes to find a way to avoid prison.
Lawyer Meachum appeared on U.S. TV on Tuesday night (07Dec10), telling Larry King he believes there are irregularities in the case and discussing plans to seek a review from the Supreme Court.
Snipes also told the host, "Any man would be nervous if his liberty was at stake. Right now, I'm more upset and disappointed that the system seems to not be working for me.
"We still have prayers out there, Larry, and we believe in miracles. Don't send me up the river, yet."