Our last post about this case was a couple of days ago: Kent Hovind Trial: His Testimony Begins. We didn’t give you any background information in that post, so we’ll include that in next few indented paragraphs, which most of you can skip:
Hovind contested the original tax charges against him, and lost. Then he appealed and lost. He’s been in prison for eight years, during which he also contested the seizure of his property, and was unsuccessful in that. He had his day in court. Now he’s being charged with fraudulently trying to stop the feds from selling property that the courts have already determined was lawfully taken from him.
He filed lis pendens documents attempting to cloud the government’s title to the confiscated property. Here’s a link to the text of the indictment. Hovind is a martyr to two different groups of people, and his behavior suggests a certain similarity between them — see Creationists and Tax Protesters.
Hovind ‘s co-defendant is John Paul Hansen, who seems to have been providing Hovind with advice in these matters. Hansen is also facing mail fraud charges in connection with the lis pendens filing on the real estate that the government had seized.
Okay. Here’s the latest news report from the Pensacola News Journal. Their headline is Kent ‘Dr Dino’ Hovind trial in deliberations. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The jury in the trial of the Pensacola evangelist Kent Hovind entered deliberations Tuesday night, and a verdict could be rendered today.
Wow — Hovind didn’t spend three days on the stand as he had wanted to do. And unfortunately, we didn’t see any news reports about his cross-examination, nor about the testimony — if any — of the co-defendant, John Paul Hansen. Let’s see what else we’re told.
Aaaargh!! That’s all the newspaper says! Nothing about closing arguments, nothing about the judge’s instructions to the jury. Nothing at all, really.
As we’ve remarked before, this is possibly the worst courthouse reporting we’ve ever seen. Anyway, it’ll soon be over. We don’t think the jury will take too long in reaching a verdict. But juries can be unpredictable.
Whoa, wait! The newspaper just updated their story, and their headline! Here’s the latest:
At 11:09 p.m. the jury in the trial of Kent Hovind returned their verdict convicting Hovind on one of four counts he was facing, and his co-defendant Paul John Hansen on two of five.
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.
Sentencing has been set for June 12.
So there you are. Poor ol’ Kent Hovind.
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