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Convict Snipes Can Fly the Coop, For Now

7/3/2008 9:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This does not put the prudence in jurisprudence: a judge actually has given convicted felon Wesley Snipes the OK to jet off to London and Bangkok.

Snipes had begged a Federal judge in Florida to let him go work abroad on a couple movies, and Judge William Terrell Hodges said he could go for three days this month and also to Thailand for eight weeks -- eight weeks. Wes is waiting for his appeal on his conviction on tax evasion charges.

How's this for hilarious: The two films he'll be working on are called "Gallowwalker" and "Chasing the Dragon."

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1.

FlBiker    

Been a long time since New Jack City, what's the worthless tax cheat done lately.....

2211 days ago
2.

Liz    

This is so damn ridiculous.............................how could a judge say yes? Oh, I get it, I am sure the judge figured that if he denied Wesley then, he would have to hear about how he is a racist!



What color is he........................well, there you go!

2211 days ago
3.

oh brother    

The judicial system sux!
Money determins your fate. You get an instant, out of jail pass when you're rich.
The poor are left to dig their own graves.

2211 days ago
4.

Carl    

What's the big deal? Appeals take forever. Plus, it would be pretty hard for a world famous movie star to go into hiding. Obviously the UK wouldn't let him overstay, and actually Thailand wouldn't either.

Of course what he did was wrong, but it is unlikely that he would be sent to jail in the next few months anyway. Better the guy has a chance to earn a living rather than sitting around doing nothing all day.

2211 days ago
5.

Bandolero    

Give the lady a break!

2211 days ago
6.

KELC    

What kind of punishment is that? Looks like this one is getting away with a slap on the wrist like the rest of Hollywood does, when is our justice system going to do the right thing?

2211 days ago
7.

Joeythecatfish    

No this is not right. The US attorney needs to apeal this. He was convicted he should at least stay in the US

2211 days ago
8.

TMZhires13yearolds    

Nothing wrong with this. If Wes was going to run, he'd have done it already. He wouldn't have asked permission to do it. You guys are too funny.

2211 days ago
9.

OCD    



To # 7 TMZhires13yearolds

The feds take your passport when you are sentenced. He would have had to hide in the bait locker of an international shrimp boat to get outta town without it.

I don't necessarily know the percentage of people who go straight to jail after sentencing vs. people allowed to stay out pending appeal, but my guess is that the percentage is weighed heavily on the "go straight to jail" side. Money really does talk when it comes to "justice" in the U.S. Sad, but true.

2211 days ago
10.

Ava    

That is so nice that the Feds are letting him work. He belongs in jail.

2211 days ago
11.

bizz    

BLACK AND HAVING MONEY IS A GOOD THING.

2210 days ago
12.

FlBiker    

You can always find Wesley Snipes, he's in the direct to video bin at the blockbuster store.....

2210 days ago
13.

just dig it    

dont think its right,sure he pays somebody to handle that stuff.(PUT THEM IN JAIL)

1322 days ago

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