Everyone knows about the tax evasion prosecution of Kent Hovind (a/k/a “Dr. Dino”), and his subsequent self-inflicted problems arising from his activities after that conviction. Hovind is a martyr to two different groups of people, and his behavior suggests a certain similarity between them — see Creationists and Tax Protesters.
Our last post about this was Charges Against Kent Hovind Dropped? Hovind and his trustee, Paul John Hansen, were being prosecuted for several counts of mail fraud, conspiracy, and contempt for their relentless efforts to obstruct the government from selling property it had seized to pay Hovind’s taxes.
Hovind had previously contested the feds’ seizure of those properties, and there had been a previous court order preventing him from making such filings, but he and Hansen were determined to … well, to ignore the whole legal system. Here’s a link to the text of the indictment against the two of them.
Throughout this multi-year fiasco, Hovind has insisted that he’s just a simple man of god, and his problems with the government are persecution because he’s a creationist. We’ve seen Hansen described by his fans as a “Good Samaritan,” who was merely trying to help Hovind. A more proper term might be “accomplice.”
Anyway, Hovind was acquitted of the latest charges on a technicality, but that technicality didn’t apply to Hansen, so we’ve been awaiting the hearing on his sentencing. Now the suspense is over. There’s some news today 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.
Their latest headline is Hovind’s co-defendant gets 18 months in prison. The newspaper has a comments feature. Here are some excerpts from the news story, with bold font added by us:
On Friday, Paul John Hansen, a church trustee and co-defendant of Pensacola evangelist Kent Hovind, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for criminal contempt. In March, a federal jury convicted Hansen on two counts of contempt: One for mailing a notice that interfered with government efforts to sell church land to settle Hovind’s tax debts, and another for failing to comply with a subpoena ordering Hansen to appear in Pensacola last year.
At the sentencing Friday, U.S. Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers sentenced Hansen to 1.5 years in prison, with 10 months credit for time served, followed by three years probation.
That newspaper is often sloppy in their courthouse reporting. We assume they intended to say: “1.5 years in prison,
with after allowing 10 months credit for time served.” Okay, moving along:
“There is little that is more threatening to the fabric of society than someone taking action to thwart or ignore the law,” the judge told Hansen. “You’re not special. You’re subject to the same laws as everyone else in this courtroom … that’s all this case is about, pure and simple.”
We doubt that the drooling supporters of Hovind and Hansen would agree. Let’s read on:
Hansen espoused in the courtroom that he is neither a U.S. citizen nor resident, because he lived on “church land” and not government land.
Brilliant argument! Alas, the judge wasn’t persuaded. The news story continues:
Hovind was on hand for the sentencing, and briefly testified to Hansen’s character.
“I would trust you completely,” he told Hansen from the stand. “I think you are a Godly man, and if I could give my opinion … you should go home today.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That didn’t persuade the judge either. Here’s one last excerpt:
Hovind, currently on home confinement, said his immediate plans are to focus on rebuilding his ministry. Hansen will presumably be brought in to assist when he is released, based on Hovind’s character testimony.
So there you are. Hovind is out, and Hansen has another year and a half to go. We’ve never paid much attention to Hansen, but we’re eager for more entertainment from Hovind. And we’re confident that he will provide it.
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