Hovind Found Guilty of Contempt of Court

Hovind Found Guilty of Contempt of Court May 12, 2015

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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