Wesley Snipes has asked a federal judge for an extension to his bail.

The 48-year-old actor - who was ordered to surrender to authorities on Friday (19.11.10) to begin serving a three-year prison sentence for tax-related crimes - is hoping to launch an appeal to challenge the decision at the Supreme Court.

In a court motion filed yesterday (23.11.10), attorneys for the 'Blade' star asked the court for bail "pending the filing and disposition" of the petition to the highest court in the US to hear his case.

Wesley was originally convicted by a US court in April 2008 after being found guilty of having "wilfully neglected" to file tax returns for the years 1999, 2000 and 2001, and avoiding paying more than $15 million in tax.

However, he appealed that decision on the grounds that some jurors were prejudiced against him and has been on bail ever since.

Judge Hodges wrote in his decision: "The defendant Snipes had a fair trial; he has had a full, fair and thorough review of his conviction and sentence. The time has come for the judgement to be enforced."