Wesley Snipes appeals 3 tax convictions in Georgia

In this Dec. 8, 2006 file photo, actor Wesley Snipes leaves the Federal Courthouse in Ocala Fla. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay, file) (AP)

November 20, 2009 7:04:22 AM PST
Actor Wesley Snipes is set to ask a federal appeals panel to overturn his three federal tax convictions.

The actor was sentenced last year to three years in prison on three misdemeanor counts of willful failure to file his income tax returns. A judge allowed him to remain free on bail as he appealed the convictions.

His attorneys plan to argue before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday that the trial judge erred in multiple ways before and after his conviction.

Prosecutors say Snipes, the star of the "Blade" trilogy, "White Men Can't Jump," "Jungle Fever" and other films, hasn't filed a tax return since 1998.