The Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear actor Wesley Snipes’ appeal of his conviction on tax charges, and separately issued a ruling in a closely watched securities class-action lawsuit involving Halliburton.

Snipes had petitioned the high court to overturn his conviction, arguing that his trial in Ocala, Fla., had occurred outside the place where he was residing at the time the government argued he was not filing his taxes (see Wesley Snipes Appeals to Supreme Court). His attorneys also argued that the judge at his trial instructed the jury that they had to accept the Florida venue by the standard of the “preponderance of the evidence” when it should have been established “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

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