Wesley Snipes says he deserves a new trial in his tax evasion case. TMZ.com is reporting that Snipes’ legal team filed documents in a Florida federal court Wednesday, claiming there was “jury misconduct” during the actor’s original trial.
Snipes — who has been sentenced to three years in prison — claims his lawyers received emails following the trial from two jurors who revealed that three other jurors said Snipes was guilty before any evidence was ever presented. The documents also allege that the government failed to reveal that the key witness in Snipes’ trial — his former accountant Kenneth I. Starr — was being investigated for “criminal activities of conspiring to evade income taxes” with another client.
Lawyers for the “Blade” star argue that if the jury knew Starr was being investigated, they never would have believed his testimony against Snipes.