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Tale of two tax defendants: Snipes' jailing delayed, Crocodile Dundee detained

The continuing tales of two actors facing tax trouble have recently taken quite different turns.

NEW YORK - MARCH 02: Actor Wesley Snipes attends the premiere of Overture Films' 'Brooklyn's Finest at Empire Hotel Rooftop on March 2, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Overture Films)

Wesley Snipes, convicted in 2008 on three misdemeanor counts of failing to file a tax return, doesn't have to go to jail yet. He was sentenced later that year to three years in federal prison, but has been free while appealing his case.

U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges has overturned an order that Snipes report to prison on Sept. 2. The new court order says that Snipes is a free man indefinitely, that is, "pending further order of the court."

Apparently feeling like they are on a roll with the stay of detainment, Snipes' attorneys this week filed paperwork seeking a new trial on the tax charges for the film star, most widely recognized for his role as vampire-turned-vampire-hunter Blade.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 28: Actor Paul Hogan attends the press conference for his new film 'Charlie & Boots' at The Intercontinental Sydney hotel on October 28, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)

Paul Hogan, meanwhile, has had a less successful time of late in fighting Australian tax officials.

When the 70-year-old actor returned to his native country from Los Angeles, where he now lives, the star of the Crocodile Dundee films was essentially put under "country arrest."

Oz officials aren't letting Hogan beyond the country's borders until he pays taxes that the Australian Tax Office says he owes on $38 million Australian dollars ($34 million in U.S. currency) in undisclosed income. The exact tax bill has not been disclosed.

Hogan's situation is the latest in his five-year legal battle in Australian and U.S. courts over charges he used offshore bank accounts to conceal earnings.

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I think he will serve some time, but probably not the full three years. The question is when he will start the prison term.

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MMMM, what to think, would Snipes ever serve any term of imprisonment?

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