The actor Wesley Snipes [Unlink]
, who is serving a sentence of three years in prison for not filing their taxes, suffered a legal setback Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case.
Snipes, 48, star of the series of action films "Blade", was sentenced in a Florida court in 2008 for failing to file tax returns from 1999 to 2001.
The actor, who has served nearly a year of his sentence of three years, was accused of failing to file personal tax returns and not pay taxes from 1999 to 2004 despite winning more than 37 million dollars (25 million euros) as actor and producer.
Snipes's lawyers said the case had been transferred to Florida in an irregular manner and should be transferred to New York, but the trial judge and an appeals court rejected these arguments the United States.
Defense attorneys said that during fiscal years in question, Snipes lived with his family in New York City and then moved to a house in the suburbs of northern New Jersey. He also had a home near Los Angeles.
The prosecution of the U.S. Justice Department said that Florida was the appropriate place for that matter.
Prosecutors presented evidence at trial that Snipes was born in Florida, had a home in Windermere, Florida, since 1992, had Florida driver's license and registered Windermere as their place of residence for the films "Blade. "
In his appeal to the Supreme Court, Snipes' defense said the trial judge should have held a hearing on the site before submitting the case to the jury.
The high court rejected the appeal without comment, refused to hear the case.