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Wesley Snipes Update: Actor Seeks Extended Bail to Appeal Tax Sentence to Supreme Court

Wesley Snipes (AP)
Wesley Snipes Update: Actor's Attorneys Ask Judge to Extend Bail, May Appeal to Supreme Court
Wesley Snipes (AP)

ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS/AP) Attorneys for Wesley Snipes have asked a federal judge to extend the actor's bail while he prepares for a possible appeal of his three-year prison sentence for a tax conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Last week a Florida federal judge ordered the action movie star to begin serving his sentence, but the judge did not set a surrender date. Snipes was convicted in an Ocala federal court in 2008 for willful failure to file income taxes. He has since been free on bail. 

If the motion to extend bail is granted, it means the Orlando-born star will most likely not have to sit in a federal prison cell while waiting for the results of the appeal, reports The Orlando Sentinel.

Snipes apologized after his sentencing, saying that he was an idealistic artist who was "unschooled in the science of law and finance."

The 48-year-old martial artist starred in the "Blade" trilogy and several of director Spike Lee's film classics including, "Mo' Better Blues" and "Jungle Fever." He has recently been in Atlanta working on a new movie called "Master Daddy."

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