Wesley Snipes' appeal on tax charges turned away by Supreme Court

Wesley Snipes Sentenced
Wesley Snipes gestures as he leaves federal court April 24, 2008, after he was sentenced for willful failure to file a tax return.
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(CBS/AP) It looks as if actor Wesley Snipes will be in jail for a while.

The Supreme Court has turned away his latest attempt to get his conviction and prison sentence on tax charges overturned.

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The high court refused Monday to hear an appeal from Snipes, convicted in April of 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file income tax returns.

Snipes started a three-year term in December at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Lewis Run, Pa., a federal minimum security prison.

Snipes, who has spent several years pursuing appeals, wanted his trial held in New York, where he says he lived, rather than Florida, where he has a driver's license. The lower courts refused to let him have an evidentiary hearing on this issue.

The 48-year-old actor has appeared in dozens of films, from "White Men Can't Jump'' and "Demolition Man'' in the early 1990s to the blockbuster Blade trilogy.

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