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Snipes hopes arrest of ex-adviser helps his case

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Actor Wesley Snipes is seen in an undated booking photo provided by the United States Marshall Service. Snipes' attorneys are hoping that the arrest of his former financial adviser, Kenneth Starr, could pave the way for a new trial on tax evasion charges Actor Wesley Snipes is seen in an undated booking photo provided by the United States Marshall Service. Snipes' attorneys are hoping that the arrest of his former financial adviser, Kenneth Starr, could pave the way for a new trial on tax evasion charges

ATLANTA (AP) — Wesley Snipes' attorneys are hoping his former financial adviser's arrest could pave the way for a new trial on tax evasion charges that landed the star of the "Blade" trilogy a three-year prison sentence.

The motion filed Wednesday in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asks the panel to stop considering another pending appeal and instead allow Snipes to file a new request to dismiss the conviction or grant the movie star a new trial.

The motion centers on the arrest of Kenneth Starr, the one-time financial adviser to Snipes and other celebrities.

He was a key witness in Snipes' 2008 trial but was charged with fraud and other counts in May. He is accused of running a scheme that defrauded investors of $59 million.

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