Judge Grants Acquittal of Contempt Indictment Against Evolutionary Foe Kent Hovind


HovindPENSACOLA, Fla. — The U.S. district judge that has been overseeing the case of an imprisoned creation science evangelist has granted a motion for acquittal surrounding a contempt charge involving the contesting a property lien while incarcerated.

As previously reported, Kent Hovind, the founder of Creation Science Evangelism out of Pensacola, Florida, had been fighting charges of mail fraud and contempt for fighting liens against ministry property that had been seized by the government several years ago. A jury deadlocked on three of the four charges in March, but he was convicted of contempt, for which he was supposed to have been sentenced in June. That conviction is now no more.

Hovind has been incarcerated since 2007 over 58 federal counts, 45 of which centered on alleged “structuring,” a term that refers to breaking up one’s banking transactions into smaller amounts in order to avoid reporting. The original intent of the law had reportedly been to catch drug dealers and money launderers.

In regard to Hovind’s specific charges, the minister and his wife had made dozens of cash withdrawals of just over $9,000 each over a year’s time, and the government asserted that he was attempting to “obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws.” However, Hovind said that he paid for his ministry expenses in cash—including compensation for those involved with Creation Science Evangelism—and was not seeking to evade any laws as anything over $10,000 was reported as required.

In addition to structuring charges, Hovind was leveled with twelve counts of failing to pay payroll taxes. However, he stated that considered those who worked with the ministry to be independent contractors responsible for paying their own taxes and not employees.

Hovind was not charged with tax evasion, but in 2004, his home was raided by IRS agents, and tax liens were placed against 10 properties relating to his biblical theme park. He filed three separate lawsuits against the government in an attempt to stop the proceedings, which he viewed as harassment, but was unsuccessful.

In 2006, the case went to trial, and a jury convicted him on all 58 counts. His wife, Jo Delia, was convicted on 44 counts. In January 2007, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, and remains incarcerated to this day.

As Hovind has been seeking to contest the lien from behind bars, he was subsequently charged with two counts of mail fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and one count of contempt. Concerns were raised that he could spend life behind bars for mailing legal documents about the lein from jail.

According to the Pensacola News Journal, years ago, Hovind had been prohibited under a court order not to contest the government’s lien on the properties. Because he did file papers, including a “lis pendens,” which warns potential buyers that the land is under dispute, he was charged with contempt. The mail fraud charges were for actually mailing the documents from prison.

But in March, jurors deadlocked on all but the contempt charge as they could not come to an agreement over the mail fraud accusations. He was to have faced a retrial this week, but over the weekend, federal prosecutors filed a motion to drop the remaining charges against Hovind without prejudice. Hovind’s attorneys had done the same.

On Monday, United States District Court Judge M. Casey Rodgers also granted a motion for acquittal of the contempt charge.

“Kent E. Hovind’s motion for judgment of acquittal on count three of the superseding indictment is granted,” the signed order read, according to an image posted online by Hovind’s son Eric.

Recent reports have stated that Hovind is scheduled for release in August; however, a release date has not yet been made official.



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  • Dave L

    Where this is a touching story and the little boy did great, I think of the homeless man. His spirit of meekness, not too proud to eat from the hands of a small child. Humbled, broken in tears at the kindness. What a great person he appears to be. Come to think of it, Jesus was homeless and ate from the corners of the fields (Jewish welfare) occasionally.

    • wandakate

      JESUS CHRIST wasn’t rich, that’s for sure. He even said, “The birds have nests but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

  • UmustBKiddinMe

    What a sweet story.

  • FoJC_Forever

    Out of the mouth of babes, God has perfected praise.

    • wandakate

      JESUS said, “Unless you become as a little child, you can’t enter the Kingdom of GOD”. He wants us all to have child like faith and say our blessings for the food that we now have, b/c a day is approaching when food will be scarce. That little boy was a real blessing, and that touched my heart.

  • bowie1

    Great story!

  • LeftCoast

    Sad that the 10 other people in that building (Christian, atheist, or whatever) did not have the pair of baseballs to do what this kid did, feed and bless. the good Samaritan story fit right here.

  • LadyFreeBird<God'sNotDead

    We can learn a lot from kids if we would try. Kids sometimes see with the eyes of (((Love))). May God bless that little boy. Beautiful story!!!

  • Angel Jabbins

    Atheists…where are you? No snarky comments for us today?

    • WorldGoneCrazy

      As a former a-theist, I can tell you that helping the homeless and doing charitable works makes absolutely no OBJECTIVE sense under “survival of the fittest” a-theism. That is what you do not see any “Freedom from Thought” hospitals, “There is no God” homeless shelters, etc, but you do see these things from every Christian denomination under the sun. (see, e.g., https://winteryknight .wordpress .com/2014/10/14/statistics-on-whether-atheists-are-more-moral-than-religious-people/ Just take the spaces out.)

      This homeless man is merely “weak and useless and blocking the progress of stronger humanity” under a-theism. (That is also why 97% of a-theists are pro-aborts.) In order for an a-theist to help him, which some do, they must steal objective moral values and duties from an Objective Moral Law Giver, God. A-theists CAN behave morally, of course, but when they do so, they are acting like theists, like they believe in God. And, I can back this claim up with quotes from the other side – the “pope” and “cardinals” of a-theism:

      “In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, or any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference… DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.” (Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life (1995))

      “Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear — and these are basically Darwin’s views. There are no gods, no purposes, and no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end of me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will for humans, either.” A-theist William Provine

      “The position of the modern evolutionist is that humans have an awareness of morality because such an awareness of biological worth. Morality is a biological adaptation no less than are hands and feet and teeth. Considered as a rationally justifiable set of claims about an objective something, ethics is illusory. I appreciate when someone says, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself,’ they think they are referring above and beyond themselves. Nevertheless, such reference is truly without foundation. Morality is just an aid to survival and reproduction, . . . and any deeper meaning is illusory.” (Michael Ruse, “Evolutionary Theory and Christian Ethics,” in The Darwinian Paradigm (London: Routledge, 1989), pp. 262-269).

      Read these quotes carefully before replying, and understand the difference between moral ontology and moral epistemology. This realization, that there are no objective moral values and duties without a God, was one of the biggest reasons for my conversion from a-theism to theism, and ultimately Christianity. God bless you, Josiah!

      • women100

        Welcome to the light! We know the truth because he, Jesus spoke the truth, he told them so and yet they did not believe it.
        Sometimes it is a long hard road to the Light sometimes not.
        However reaching the light and staying in it is what we all need.
        God Bless your journey and Welcome to the light .

        • WorldGoneCrazy

          So true, thank you, and God bless!

    • NCOriolesFan

      Why give them any ideas.
      Enjoy this precious little boy.

  • Josey

    God bless this little boy and his family for teaching him in upright ways. Very inspirational.

    • wandakate

      That’s a mother who loves her little one and she should be very proud of him, he’s such a special little guy, and so cute, GOD bless the both of them and use him in a mighty way. He’s gonna be a great prayer warrior.

  • NCOriolesFan

    Maybe this is why God wants us to be childlike in our faith.

  • The Lone Ranger

    Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old , he will not depart from it

  • Thank u for sharing this.

  • Laurence Charles Ringo

    Kudos to little Josiah AND his mom Ava!! What a great,great story of what the Kingdom of Heaven is composed of,as Our Saviour made clear! Can you imagine a world filled with people having the hearts of children like this precious little guy? God bless us all if we could just stop for just a minute and mull and reflect and let this great story and all its ramifications sink in for a minute—PEACE AND LOVE IN CHRIST!!!

    • wandakate

      I was like that when I was a little girl. The LORD just gave me a giving heart and I grew up with sympathy and compassion and love for my fellow man, and want to help all of them and do when given the opportunity. I don’t like giving them cash money as so many will not spend it wisely, but I will gladly buy them food as I don’t like them to be hungry.
      GOD bless that little one and his sweet Momma who is doing it all right. Raise up that child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. That teaching will remain with him as long as he lives.
      He’s such a little blessing and will most likely make a different in more life than one.