Actor Wesley Snipes has been granted bail pending an appeal of his federal tax convictions.
The Blade star's lawyers announced on Thursday (22May08) an Ocala, Florida judge had agreed to a request by Snipes to allow him to remain free on bond while his defence team try to overturn the convictions.
Snipes was handed a three-year sentence last month (Apr08) after officials found him guilty of failing to file his taxes for five years.
He had been told he would have to surrender to jail by 3 June (08) if he wasn't granted bail.
U.S. District Judge William Terrell Hodges says he was "dubious" of the appeal arguments put forward by Snipe's legal team, but agreed to the bail request as Snipes could possibly serve his entire sentence before a decision on his appeal was made.