Wesley Snipes' tax evasion trial will occur next month in Ocala, Fla., even though the actor's lawyers claim he won't be able to receive a fair trial in the city because of pervasive racism.
U.S. District Judge William T. Hodges nevertheless ruled that the trial should proceed there in January. Snipes' lawyers had filed two motions, saying in one that prosecutors "deliberately chose the most racially discriminatory venue available to the government with the best possibility of an all-white southern jury where Snipes has never resided." The motion also noted that the Ocala area had statues of the founder of the Ku Klux Klan and was a "hotbed of Klan activity."
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