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Court rejects Snipes' tax appeal

A US appeals court has turned away the latest attempt by Wesley Snipes to get his conviction and prison sentence on tax charges overturned.

The court in Atlanta rejected the appeal by the Blade star, who was convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanour counts of wilful failure to file income tax returns.

Defence lawyers said they received two emails from former jurors who reported misconduct among other members of the panel. But the court held that it wasn't "strong, substantial and incontrovertible evidence" that would warrant a new trial.

Wesley started a three-year term in a Pennsylvania prison in December.

He has appeared in dozens of films, from White Men Can't Jump and Demolition Man in the early 1990s to the blockbuster Blade trilogy.

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