Hovind Found Guilty of Contempt of Court

In his latest legal battle, Kent Hovind has once again been found guilty. This time a jury found him guilty of contempt of court for filing liens against property seized by the government, which he was explicitly forbidden from doing by a court order.

Pensacola evangelist Kent Hovind was found guilty on just one of four counts Thursday, while his co-defendant Paul John Hansen was found guilty on two of five charges.

Hovind and Hansen face sentencing June 12, but their followers remain adamant they walk out of jail afterward free men.

Hovind was found guilty of contempt for filing paperwork disputing the government’s right to sell his property. The jury was unable to agree on the three other charges Hovind was facing.

Hovind sat impassively after hearing the verdict, his hands folded. Tom Keith, Hovind’s attorney, asked Federal Judge Casey Rodgers if his client could be allowed to continue serving his incarceration at either a federal prison camp or under home detention. He’s currently under less agreeable circumstances in the Santa Rosa County Jail, Keith said.

“I have no control over that,” Rodgers said.

The question now is sentencing. Will this extend his sentence on the tax evasion convictions, which was almost over? I suspect if it does, it won’t be for too long, maybe an extra 3-6 months.

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  • John Pieret

    I suspect if it does, it won’t be for too long, maybe an extra 3-6 months.

    Actually, the sentencing guidelines indicate a sentence of 21 to 27 months and a possibility that they could go as high as 31 to 37 months.


    Of course, the judge doesn’t have to follow the guidelines but this is the same judge that sentenced him to 10 years in the first place for being such a douchewhistle. Plus, last time I heard, the government is planning to try him again on the other three charges that the jury was hung about.

  • Jared James

    Probably just long enough to stand his retrial for mail fraud, which is scheduled for December.

  • whheydt

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. I wonder if he’ll manage to keep himself in prison for the rest of his life by continuing to screw up time after time? At least no one can complain about a “revolving door” in Hovind’s case.

  • grumpyoldfart

    I think his son might be advising him about these court challenges. As long as daddy is behind bars Eric collects all the loot.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    That was two months ago. Since then, the government decided they wanted to retry the case on the three charges that resulted in a hung jury. Kent Hovind will be back in court for that case beginning next Monday, 18th May.

    If you want a good laugh, head on over to LoneStar1776’s YouTube channel (the clue is in the name) and watch some of the spam Kent’s no. 1 fan, Rudy Davis has been posting. If you can find it among all the dross, you will see that their entire defense strategy is a combination of whining about how unfair the original arrest, trial, and sentence of 10 years was, seeking legal advice from discredited tax protester lawyers, and praying that God will strike down the evil satanic banshee witch of a judge who has presided over all of Kent’s court appearances (I kid you not).

    With help like this, an underpaid and overworked public defender would be a major step up.

    But the bottom line is that Hovind still claims not to have done anything wrong, claims not to be a tax protester, and claims to have paid every cent he owes the government, even though, by his own admission, he hasn’t filed a 1040 in over 30 years, and is on video teaching the exact same theories tax protesters use to claim they don’t need to pay income tax.

    If he hadn’t tried to interfere with the IRS’s asset forfeiture (or had stopped after being warned) Hovind could have been on his way home right about now. Instead, he faces at least one more year in jail, and possibly more if the judge decides to throw the book at him. He is an idiot as well as a fool.

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy…

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    I think his son might be advising him about these court challenges. As long as daddy is behind bars Eric collects all the loot.

    I’m not that cynical. My bet is that Eric would like to help more, but there is nothing he can do while his dad continues to deny he did anything wrong and is only in prison because the government was out to get him because of his religious faith and teachings. Any lawyer Eric paid for would be unable to get Kent to go along with his strategy.

    In any case, I highly doubt that Eric’s ministry income would be seriously impacted by the release of his father. If anything, it could even help to have his dad around drumming up interest in creationism again.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    Probably just long enough to stand his retrial for mail fraud, which is scheduled for December.

    Actually, the retrial begins next Monday, and the accompanying circus will be back in Pensecola for a repeat performance!

  • Jared James

    @7 Oh, sweet! Last I heard, it was months and months away. Now I can enjoy it while I’m off school, not prepping my grad thesis.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    Yep — no doubt Rudy will be providing blow-by-blow coverage on his YouTube channel, several times a day. Should be entertaining.