Snipes Hopes To Stay Free To Shoot Heat Movie

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August 18, 2010 | 9:00pm EST

Wesley Snipes is hoping his lawyers can keep him out of jail for at least another four months after signing up to star in new action movie Havana Heat.

The Blade actor lost an appeal against his three-year jail term last month after a 2008 trial found him guilty of three misdemeanour counts of wilful failure to file his income tax returns.

Prosecutors have urged the judge overseeing the case to revoke Snipes’ bail and send him to prison immediately to begin his sentence.

The star’s legal team hit back by filing a motion asking permission to question jurors involved in his trial to find out whether they had pre-determined his guilt before the case was heard in court.

The motion claims Snipes’ attorney Daniel Meachum received an email from an unnamed juror alleging three others on the panel had presumed Snipe’s guilt, which would constitute a breach of his right to a fair trial.

Havana Heat, which also stars Joey Lawrence, is set start shooting in November.

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