Wesley Snipes better enjoy his Memorial Day weekend. If he doesn’t win his appeal, it may be the last holiday weekend that he enjoys for a few years.
Snipes was scheduled to report to federal prison on June 3 but was granted a reprieve. Nonetheless, Snipes will eventually have to surrender to federal prison authorities to serve his three year prison sentence assuming that it is not overturned on appeal. Snipes’ attorneys plan to argue to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the trial judge erred during Snipes’ trial earlier in the year.
Snipes was granted bail during his appeal, with Judge Hodges ruling, remarkably, that Snipes wasn’t a flight risk. Prosecutors argued that Snipes’ appeal did not have merit and that Snipes has demonstrated he could flee. US Attorney Robert O’Neill cited evidence that Snipes told the probation office after his arrest he had less than $10,000 in liquid assets, but then produced a $5 million payment for back taxes at his sentencing. “His apparent lack of candor about his assets, combined with trial evidence that he has transferred millions of dollars offshore, show some risk of flight,” O’Neill wrote.
Judge Hodges didn’t bite. He granted Snipes bail meaning that Snipes would be free while he awaits his appeal.