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Wesley Snipes, facing imminent jailing for his three misdemeanor convictions of failure to file tax returns, doesn't want to spend the holidays in prison.

Who does?

Mar. 02, 2010 - New York, New York, United States - WESLEY SNIPES arriving at the premiere of ''Brooklyn's Finest'' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square Theatre in New York City on 03-02-2010. 2010..K63736HMc. © Red Carpet Pictures

Snipes' attorney on Friday filed an Emergency Motion To Stay Self Surrender. In the court document, Snipes argues that as the father of four young children, he shouldn't be forced to report to prison "in the middle of the holiday season."

Federal District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges last week ordered the actor, best known for his lead role in the Blade vampire hunter film series, to turn himself over to officials at the federal correctional institution in Lewis Run, Pa., by Dec. 9.

Snipes wants to wait until Jan. 6, 2011, before he begins doing his time. Well, in all honesty, he never wants to start doing his time, but you know what I, and his request to the court, mean.

The prosecutor naturally opposes the delay request. The judge might not be amenable either. Hodges rejected a request by Snipes that he be allowed to remain free on bail pending an appeal to the Supreme Court.

It's definitely Snipes' right to use every legal maneuver the system allows. And I know it's easy for me to talk since I'm not facing jail time.

But Wesley, the sooner you start serving your sentence, the sooner you'll be out for future holidays.

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