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Wesley Snipes -- I Want a New Trial!!!

8/25/2010 7:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wesley Snipes isn't going to prison for tax evasion without a fight -- because TMZ has learned the actor believes he wasn't given a fair trial  ... and now he's filed documents requesting a brand new one.

Wesley Snipes Tax Evasion

According to documents filed today in Florida federal court, Snipes -- who was sentenced forever ago to serve 3 years in prison -- claims there was "jury misconduct" during his trial ... and he's got the emails to prove it.

In the docs, Snipes claims his defense team received emails after the trial was over from two jurors, who claimed three of the other jurors "told us [Snipes] was guilty before they even heard the first piece of evidence."

Snipes claims that alone warrants a new trial ... but there's more.

In the docs, Snipes says the government failed to disclose that the key witness against him -- his former accountant Kenneth Starr (not that one) -- was actually under investigation for engaging in "criminal activities of conspiring to evade income taxes" with another client.

Snipes' attorney argues that if the jury knew Starr was being investigated ... they wouldn't have believed his damning testimony against Snipes.

Put it all together ... and Snipes wants to be tried again.

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BallaBlocka    

Wesley, damn man, just GIVE IT UP ALREADY!

1456 days ago
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big ball    

wesley you are guilty as hell.. You have to pay just like the rest of us. However, even Nazi have to be assumed innocent until proven guility. So if jurors went into the trial with their minds made up, you deserve a new trial. If the government main witness is under investigation and trying to save his ass, that needs to be told to the jurors, he just maybe lying to save his ass or get a deal from the prosecutors. Put the 2 together and you didn't get a fair trial.. even if you are guilty as hell..

1456 days ago
18.

Truth    

WUT AN EFF TARD!! REGARDLESS, DID THE DOUCHE PAY HIS FAIR OF TAXES? DOUCHE NEVER PAID IN FULL, HE PAID LIKE A QUARTER WHEN FORCED BY THE COURTS AS A SETTLEMENT. THE REST OF THE SETTLEMENT WAS PRISON!! PUT HIM IN THE SLAMMER, THEN LET HIM APPEAL. SOUNDS RIGHT TO ME.

1456 days ago
19.

Jon    

This guy is so racist, lock him up!!!!

1456 days ago
20.

b    

Oh Well. How stupid are you? Why would you support this tax dodging criminal. Only reason I can think of is you don't pay taxes either. You do know the IRS can track you from TMZ account. You are just as stupid as he is. Have fun in the cell next to him

1456 days ago
21.

b    

This guy is a total idiot. Anyone that thinks they can find a way to get around paying taxes has shiz for brains. Do your time and when you get out get your check in on time moron. Do you think you are special? Why do I have to pay and you don't? What a jerk off.

1456 days ago
22.

joey _ I love TMZ 'til ya piss me off!    

A new trial spends "our" money. I don't think life is fair so you divide what you owe among all of us "peasants" (in your eyes). Fortunately, I hate your movies so suck it!

1456 days ago
23.

Bob    

The government is just trying to make an example of him to keep you and me scared so that we don't cheat. This whole thing is an exercise in keeping the American sheep (people) terrorized of the IRS

1456 days ago
24.

dd    

You could have had this all behind you if you had just gone in the first place.

1456 days ago
25.

CN    

UGLY arse pig sucker..I loathe the ugly mean, lying woman beater..He needs to face the facts like a man..OH NO he will cry black man this, black man that..POOR wesleeee..JAIL dude..GO 2 JAIL NOW

1456 days ago
26.

Edwin    

Everybody here is hating on Snipes. But remember that Nicolas Cage owes money too. But yet he gets a free pass and runs around making movies. Doesn't seem right.

1456 days ago
27.

Glen    

Just go to jail, bitch!

1456 days ago
28.

debtanchor    

This is an obvious "colorless gig" veiled as a tax protest. Anyone in the "public eye" and benefiting from above average luxury surroundings is always subject to various and sundry scrutiny.

Further, When you are the focus of an investigation you just have to step up and be counted. You must be cautious about so called expert tax advice.

The rule of thumb is to start by being legally judgement proof. Talk with some of the guys who have 5 x-wives and a dozen kids..the house is registered to, e.g., March Enterprises, LLP cars leased through Orangebill Equity, etc. And you do all this at the beginning not mid stream like some recent celeb transferring a house to his Bro. after he was focussed upon. Now that's a flag. Also I recommend buying BONDS. You know K.I.S.S.!

1455 days ago
29.

Y do he got    

ALL very good reasons he should get a new day in the court room but they will make huge problems for him if he does just like they tryed to do to the leak on wilka about war facts.He should try to cut a deal this time and get it over with

1455 days ago
30.

derotts3    

PAY YOUR TAXES!!!!!! LIKE EVERYONE ELSE - I am so SICK OF THESE ACTORS CRYING FOUL - WHAT ABOUT THE AVERAGE JOE WHO IS STRUGGLING - I for one will not watch / buy any of his movies!!!!! I hope other Americans will as well - what makes him think he is special? Suck it up - pay your taxes and do your TIME!!!!!

1455 days ago
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