facebook
twitter
search
search

Snipes requests venue change for tax trial

Nov. 8, 2007 at 3:02 PM

OCALA, Fla., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes has requested a change of venue for his tax-evasion trial so he stands a better chance of getting a racially diverse jury.

Snipes is seeking to move the trial from Ocala, Fla., a town he describes as a "hotbed" for Ku Klux Klan activity, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com reported Thursday.

He and his lawyer filed a motion in federal court claiming the government chose the Ocala Federal Courthouse as a venue because it offered the "best possibility of an all-white southern jury."

Snipes was indicted for tax-evasion, along with others in the case, last year.

Best-known for starring in the "Blade" trilogy, as well as "Murder at 1600, "White Men Can't Jump" and "Jungle Fever," Snipes has only worked occasionally during the past few years.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Michael Douglas' mother Diana Douglas Webster dead at 92
Billy Joel marries pregnant girlfriend Alexis Roderick at his Long Island estate
USA Network renews 'Suits' for a sixth season
'Jurassic World' is still the No. 1 movie in North America for a fourth weekend
David Walliams and Jessica Raine to star in 'Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime' series