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Man arrested for polygamy after wife finds wedding pics on Facebook

Defriending your wife on Facebook doesn't mean that you are divorced. That's precisely what a 34-year-old Michigan man didn't seem to realize.

Wesley Snipes ordered to Pa. prison

Philadelphia -- The U.S. Marshals Service has informed actor Wesley Snipes he has a week to surrender to a Pennsylvania prison to begin his sentence for tax crimes, TMZ said.

The film star's 2008 conviction and three-year prison sentence for failure to file tax returns and pay federal income taxes were upheld by an appellate court in July. However, he has remained free on bond and his legal team requested a new trial.

A federal judge in Florida recently denied that petition and Snipes was ordered Wednesday to check in to begin his sentence Dec. 9.

"Failure to report at the designated place and time may result in additional criminal charges," TMZ quoted the U.S. Marshals Service as saying in a statement Wednesday.

Snipes may take case to Supreme Court

Ocala, Fla. -- Lawyers for Wesley Snipes have asked a federal judge to extend his bail while they consider petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court about his prison sentence.

The Orlando Sentinel said the motion was filed Tuesday.

The film star's 2008 conviction and three-year prison sentence for failure to file tax returns and pay federal income taxes were upheld by an appellate court in July. However, he has remained free on bond and his legal team requested a new trial.

A federal judge in Florida last week denied that petition and ordered Snipes to surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to begin his prison sentence.

The Sentinel said it was not clear where and when Snipes must turn himself in.

Report: Snipes in federal custody

Miami -- Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes has been taken into custody by federal authorities and is set to begin his three-year prison sentence for tax evasion, TMZ said.

Snipes was taken into custody Friday after a federal judge in Florida ordered the actor to surrender, the report said.

His 2008 conviction and prison sentence for failure to file tax returns and pay federal income taxes were upheld by an appellate court in July. However, he has remained free on bond while his legal team requested a new trial.

The petition was denied this week.

Snipes, 48, is the star of the "Blade" trilogy, "U.S. Marshals" and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar."

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Palin e-mail hacker sentenced to one year

Knoxville, Tenn. -- A former University of Tennessee student convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin's e-mail account during the 2008 campaign was sentenced to one year in prison.

David Kernell, who was convicted in April of two counts related to hacking the former Alaska governor's personal e-mail account, was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release, CNN reported Friday.

Prosecutors told the Knoxville, Tenn., court Kernell accessed Palin's e-mail account in 2008, when she was running as the Republican nominee for vice president, by resetting her password and posted screenshots containing personal information to a public Web site.

Lil Wayne released from prison

New York -- Hip-hop star Lil Wayne has been released from New York's Rikers Island jail complex after serving eight months for attempted weapon possession, officials said.

The rapper admitted in October 2009 to having a loaded gun on his bus after a New York concert.

UsMagazine.com said his family and friends are planning a welcome home party for him this weekend in Miami.

Lil Wayne's latest album "I Am Not a Human Being" is No. 4 on the Billboard 200 this week.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Mystery person wants rehab for rapper T.I.

Atlanta -- U.S. rapper T.I. should be sent to drug rehabilitation, and not prison, for violating his parole, an unnamed person said in court documents in Atlanta.

Someone calling him or herself "Citizens of the State of Atlanta Georgia," filed the documents in federal court, the Internet entertainment Web site TMZ.com reported.

A judge in Atlanta sentenced the rapper to 11 months in prison last week for violating his probation in a 2007 federal weapons case.

Neither the rapper, nor prosecutors, knows who filed the new court documents, the report said.

In the motion asking for the rapper's jail sentence to be amended, the filer said it is a waste of money to jail someone for drug use.

T.I. heading back to prison

Atlanta -- A U.S. judge in Atlanta sentenced rapper T.I. to 11 months in prison Friday for violating his probation in a 2007 federal weapons case, officials said.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. as saying the hip-hop star "has had about the limit of second chances."

"I screwed up," the rapper told the court. "I screwed up big time, and I'm sorry. I'm truly and sincerely sorry. I don't want and I don't need to use drugs anymore. I want them out of my life."

Prison inmate spots county's math error

Bremerton, Wash. -- Officials in a Washington county say they are rewriting their policy for awarding "good time" to prison inmates after a prisoner discovered a math error.

Robert "Doug" Pierce, 48, who was jailed in December for possession of methamphetamine and earned his GED behind bars, said he wound up serving 10 extra days in jail because Kitsap County did not correctly take his time served into account when calculating his good time, the time taken off his sentence for good behavior, the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton reported Wednesday.

Fla. man says funny money was protest

Fort Pierce, Fla. -- A Florida man who claims his phony $20 bills were a protest against President Andrew Jackson's treatment of Indians is going to prison.

Circuit Judge James McCann imposed an 18-month sentence Friday on Ronald Jensen, 53, of St. Lucie County, Treasure Coast Newspapers reported. Because Jensen has already spent 406 days in custody, he will spend a few months more behind bars.

In a 2009 raid, St. Lucie County sheriff's deputies said they found more than $1,800 in funny money in Jensen's apartment. He had a roll of bills sitting on the toilet and burned money in the toilet bowl.