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Christie Brinkley vows she’ll immediately repay the $531,000 she owes in back taxes, according to the Associated Press.

New York’s Daily News recently reported the Internal Revenue Service has filed a tax lien against the supermodel.

Miss Brinkley said the lien was a “result of an error” and pledges it will be paid in full by Wednesday.

She said she regrets not paying more attention to her accounting. She said she’s been focused on her parents, who are dealing with “serious health issues.”

Martin Sheen advocates for prisoner’s release

Martin Sheen put a spotlight Monday on a prisoner’s efforts to get his 1999 murder conviction thrown out, saying the case “cries out for justice.”

Meeting inmate Jon-Adrian Velazquez at a suburban prison Monday “confirmed my belief that he is an innocent man,” the actor said at a news conference later in the day outside a Manhattan courthouse. “I came away inspired. He is a young man on fire with the truth.”

Mr. Sheen’s appearance placed some star power on a case that involves a longstanding issue getting new attention from the U.S. Supreme Court: the reliability of eyewitness identifications of suspects.

Convicted of fatally shooting retired police officer Albert Ward in an underground betting parlor in 1998, Velazquez is serving 25 years to life in prison. But he and lawyers Robert C. Gottlieb and Celia A. Gordon are trying to persuade Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. to reinvestigate the case and exonerate Velazquez.

Mr. Vance’s office is reviewing the case, spokeswoman Erin Duggan said Monday.

With no DNA or other physical evidence against Velazquez, “This case is strictly the result of eyewitness misidentification” from photo arrays and lineups that weren’t properly conducted, Mr. Gottlieb said.

Retired from the police force since 1977, Ward, 59, was in a Harlem betting parlor when two men came in and announced a stickup Jan. 27, 1998, authorities said. Ward pulled his gun and fired, and the robbers fired back, hitting him in the face and killing him, according to authorities.

After a witness picked Velazquez’s photo out of a police book, that witness and three others identified him in an in-person lineup.

Two eyewitnesses have since given Velazquez’s lawyers sworn statements recanting their identifications of him, and the other two who identified him now say they aren’t sure, his lawyers said.

Compiled from Web and wire service reports.