Only a year or so away from being released from what, quite frankly, I thought was a too-long sentence, Kent Hovind is facing new charges for criminal contempt of court for filing a lien on the property that the government seized in order to pay off his bill for back taxes he refused to pay:
The latest criminal charge relates to the efforts that the IRS has been making to collect from Kent Hovind. Real property in Pensacola had been forfeited to the government. In 2012, there was an injunction against Creation Science Evangelism and its representative and agents from seeking to file liens on the forfeited property. Nonetheless, a lien was filed – a lis pendens. I had to look that up.
In US law, a lis pendens is a written notice that a lawsuit has been filed concerning real estate, involving either the title to the property or a claimed ownership interest in it. The notice is usually filed in the county land records office. Recording a lis pendens against a piece of property alerts a potential purchaser or lender that the property’s title is in question, which makes the property less attractive to a buyer or lender. After the notice is filed, anyone who nevertheless purchases the land or property described in the notice takes subject to the ultimate decision of the lawsuit.
The notice indicates that the filing of the lis pendens constitutes criminal contempt and has scheduled a trial on September 8, 2014.
The property in question has apparently already been sold off, so this riling didn’t actually do Hovind any good. As much as I despise Kent Hovind, I think it’s time to let this guy go. People commit serious violent crimes without doing anywhere near the amount of time he’s spent in prison.