Today’s second letter-to-the-editor appears in the Pensacola News Journal of Pensacola, Florida — home of the creationist ministry of Kent Hovind (a/k/a “Dr. Dino”), and also the site of his recent trial. It’s titled Free Kent Hovind. An icon below the headline will take you to the newspaper’s comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote her by using her full name. We’ll use only her first name, which is Louise. Excerpts from her letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
Is the city of Pensacola run by complete morons? What is going on in your courts up there?
Louise apparently doesn’t know the difference between a municipal court and a federal court. Hovind was tried in the latter. If you’re new to this, see Kent Hovind Trial: He’s Guilty! Louise continues:
Did you know the average time for a murderer to be in jail is 229 months? Robbery runs about 83 months, rape 96.
We didn’t know that. Nor have we bothered to check those figures, because we don’t see that they’re relevant. Let’s read on:
But for withdrawing large amounts from his bank account instead of small ones, Dr. Kent Hovind has spent 98 months in jail. There’s no tax evasion about the case at all.
Aaaargh!! Hovind’s writeup in Wikipedia describes his 2006 conviction for tax evasion. That tells us:
On July 11, 2006, Hovind was indicted on 58 counts in the District Court in Northern Florida in Pensacola. Twelve counts were willful failure to collect, account for, and pay over federal income taxes and FICA taxes, totaling $473,818. Forty-five counts were knowingly structuring transactions by making multiple cash withdrawals totaling $430,500 in amounts just under the $10,000 which requires reporting … for which his wife was also charged. The last count was corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the administration of the internal revenue laws by falsely listing the IRS as his only creditor when filing for bankruptcy, filing a false and frivolous lawsuit against the IRS in which he demanded damages for criminal trespass, making threats of harm to those investigating him and to those who might consider cooperating with the investigation, filing a false complaint against IRS agents investigating him, filing a false criminal complaint against IRS special agents (criminal investigators), and destroying records.
On October 21, 2006, the trial began in which he hoped to convince a jury that his amusement park admission and merchandise sales belonged to God and cannot be taxed. … After closing arguments were presented on November 2, the jury deliberated three hours before finding the Hovinds guilty on all counts, 58 for Hovind and 44 for his wife.
Besides, that has nothing to do with Hovind’s latest legal troubles, which are due to his activities after his earlier conviction. Here’s more from Louise:
And now since the judge didn’t get a straight-up guilty verdict, she’s going to have him retried and it doesn’t take a genius to realize she’ll try and push the case toward her desired verdict.
He was found guilty on one count, but it was a hung jury on the others. And the new trial wasn’t the judge’s decision. It was up to the prosecutors. All the judge did was set a trial date — that’s 18 May. See Kent Hovind Will Be Tried Again. Louise concludes her letter with this:
Why? I don’t know. But she makes you guys look like a joke. However, I enjoy a good joke. See you in May.
What does that mean? Will Louise be in Pensacola for the new trial? Perhaps she hopes to see a flaming finger from above reach down and smite the wicked judge. Be careful, Louise — that flaming finger might be aimed at Hovind — or maybe you.
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