Snipes Says Ocala Racist
OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Wesley Snipes claims a central Florida county is too racist to allow the black actor to get a fair trial on tax evasion charges.Â Â In a motion filed in U.S. District Court, the actor's lawyer argues that prosecutors deliberately chose the Marion County seat of Ocala where Snipes has never lived. The lawyer calls it -- quote -- "the most racially discriminatory venue."Â The motion seeks to have the charges dismissed or moved to New York. His co-defendant, Eddie Ray Kahn, operated his Guiding Light of God Ministries, which prosecutors claim provided tax evasion information, from neighboring Lake County. Chief Assistant State Attorney Ric Ridgway dismisses the racism argument. The case is scheduled to go to trial in January. Snipes has appeared in "Blade," "Major League" and "White Men Can't Jump," among other films.
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