Although we find Kent Hovind (a/k/a “Dr. Dino”) amusing, the press treats him as an uninteresting, marginal buffoon. His legal tribulations receive virtually no press attention — except in the Pensacola News Journal of Pensacola, Florida. That town was the home of Hovind’s creationist “ministry” and his Dinosaur Adventure Land, which are among the properties confiscated by the feds to pay Hovind’s back taxes. Pensacola is also the site of the federal courthouse where Hovind’s trials have been conducted.
If you need background information about Hovind’s self-inflicted legal problems, it’s all in our last post about him: Kent Hovind Will Be Tried Again. In a nutshell, Hovind and his co-defendant were found guilty on a few of the counts against them, but the jury couldn’t reach a verdict on some other counts, so the feds were proceeding with a new trial on those unresolved matters.
Although Hovind’s new trial was scheduled to start on 18 May — that’s tomorrow — your Curmudgeon has been frustrated, because even the Pensacola News Journal is silent. We ignore blogs as news sources (except for a few that we know to be trustworthy), so the only other source of information we can find is the Forbes website, where there’s a column by Peter J Reilly. His headline is Kent Hovind In Pensacola – Looks Like No Trial On Monday.
Whoa — that’s news! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The retrial of Kent Hovind and Paul John Hansen on fraud and conspiracy charges was scheduled to commence on Monday in Pensacola. Last minute motions for a dismissal crafted with assistance from the United States Justice Foundation prompted the United States attorney to apply for a continuance, but Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers indicated that she would brook no delay.
That sounds normal. The defendant tries some last minute gyrations, but the judge says the trial will proceed. So why is there no trial on Monday? Reilly says:
Much to the delight of Kent Hovind’s supporters the Government has moved to dismiss the remaining counts of the indictment without prejudice.
Huh? What’s going on here? That “without prejudice” phrase means the feds can file the charges again, but why are they dismissing them now? Reilly’s column has a zillion videos — which we haven’t looked at — but we don’t find any explanation as to why the feds have dropped all the remaining counts against Hovind (and presumably has co-defendant, Hansen). Reilly ends his column with this:
Hansen and Hovind are not out of the woods. They still face sentencing on the March contempt convictions.
So there you are. We don’t want to look at a dozen videos, and we won’t go dumpster-diving through a bunch of creationist blogs hoping for accurate information. We’ll just wait it out until a reliable source tells us what’s happening here.
Addendum: The Pensacola News Journal just posted this: Hovind retrial scheduled for this week. They say: “Beginning Monday, Hovind and Hansen will be tried a second time on charges of mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.” We’re getting conflicting reports, so we’ll have to wait to see what happens.
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