Our last post on this topic was Kent Hovind Trial: He’s Guilty! The next few indented paragraphs provide background information, 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.
There were four counts against Hovind. On 12 March 2015, the jury returned a guilty verdict on one count against against him and not guilty on another. There were five counts against Hansen. The jury found him guilty on two counts and not guilty of another. On all the other counts against them, the jury couldn’t reach any verdict. Sentencing is set for 12 June.
That’s where we left things. There were two open questions: (1) would Hovind and Hansen appeal the guilty verdicts; and (2) would the feds demand a new trial on the unresolved counts? Today we have some information as to the second question. At the Forbes website there’s a column by Peter J Reilly: Kent Hovind Will Face A New Trial. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The jury found Hovind and Hansen guilty of contempt, but was unable to reach a verdict on the more serious fraud and conspiracy charges. Today federal prosecutor Tiffany Eggers has filed notice that the Government intends to proceed to retrial on the charges that the previous jury did not reach a verdict on.
Reilly provides us with a link to the GOVERNMENT’S NOTICE OF INTENT TO PROCEED TO TRIAL. It looks like a straightforward notice which is required by statute. It says that the government intends: “to proceed to trial as to Counts One, Two, and Four against Hovind, and as to Counts One and Four against Hansen.” The counts are described in the original indictment, which you can see using the link we provided in the background information.
The rest of Reilly’s column is about the limited but fervent support Hovind has generated on the internet. They’re the true believers. The only other news we’re given is this:
Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers has scheduled the new trial to commence May 18th.
That’s interesting. The new trial will start — and probably end — almost a month before the defendants are sentenced on the verdicts from the earlier trial. We’re guessing that the sentencing on the verdicts from both trials will happen all at once. It’ll be judgement day, so to speak.
Hovind may one day learn that reality denial is relatively harmless when it’s limited to creationism. The only penalty is being regarded as an ignoramus, which seems to be offset by the adoration and financial support of drooling fans. But when one denies the reality of law, the penalty can be more severe. But then, there’s always the joy of martyrdom. Perhaps that reward makes it all worthwhile.
Whenever we find any genuine news — apart from ranting by Hovind’s supporters — we’ll let you know. Stay tuned to this blog.
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