Reinhold Matay, Associated Press

Wesley Snipes is trying again to have his federal tax-evasion trial moved from Ocala, Fla.

Snipes' lawyer, Robert Barnes, filed a motion with a federal appeals court in Atlanta on Friday, arguing that U.S. District Judge William T. Hodges erred last month when he denied Snipes' motions to relocate and postpone the trial.

The actor's legal team argued Snipes cannot get a fair trial in Ocala, located about 80 miles north of Orlando. Snipes previously filed two motions to dismiss or transfer the trial because of racial prejudices.

Barnes also filed a motion Friday to put the trial — scheduled to begin Jan. 14 — on hold until the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the change of venue request.