BLADE star Wesley Snipes' request for a federal judge to cancel an arrest warrant stemming from an Indiana paternity case was rejected yesterday (26JAN05).

US District Judge LORETTA PRESKA threw out Snipes' suit asking her to nullify a warrant for his arrest in New York City, stating she had no jurisdiction in the state court matter.

The actor's suit, filed last month (DEC04) in New York's Manhattan federal court, sought a ruling invalidating the warrant issued by a New York family court judge. Since Snipes lives in Florida, the New York court has no jurisdiction, the actor's lawyer argued.

The warrant stemmed from a paternity suit filed in Indiana by a woman who claimed Snipes fathered her young son.

In his suit, Snipes said the woman was a mentally ill former crack addict who has made similar claims against other celebrities.

27/01/2005 02:40