Snipes’ lawyers file motion for new trial

Actor's appeal stems from tax evasion in Florida

Lawyers for Wesley Snipes on Wednesday filed a motion for a new trial in Florida on his conviction for tax evasion.

Claiming that Snipes was denied his fifth and sixth amendment right to a fair trial, attorney Daniel Meachum said his appeal is based on jury misconduct and the government’s failure to disclose details of criminal charges lodged against witness Kenneth Starr. Starr was arrested in June on charges of money laundering, fraud and making statements to federal officials.

Snipes’ attorney also renewed his request to re-interview jurors.

The motion filed in federal court in Ocala, Fla., follows the court’s ruling on Monday that Snipes would not have surrender to a U.S. marshal on Sept. 2.

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