The Verdict

This morning at 10:30 the Jury concluded their deliberation. Around 11:15 the verdict was read before the court.
Four counts were brought against Kent Hovind. Three counts of Mail Fraud and one count of Criminal Contempt of Court.
Count 1 Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud – Unable to come to a verdict
Count 2 Mail Fraud – Unable to come to a verdict
Count 3 Criminal Contempt of Court – Guilty
Count 4 Mail Fraud – Unable to come to a verdict
The Criminal Contempt of Court count contained two different charges. One charge was from a 2012 order and the other from a 2007 ruling from Judge Rodgers. Kent was not found guilty on the 2012 charge but was found guilty on the 2007 charge. This count was from the original 2007 case when Judge Rodgers forfeited Kent Hovind’s interest in the property. The order did not restrict Kent from presenting filings to question this decision; therefore, Kent’s attorney asked the Judge to rule that there were not enough facts presented to the jury to find Kent guilty of that verdict. The Judge said that she would take that under advisement.
Thomas Keith, Kent’s attorney said that in a Federal Case it is rare to see anything other than a guilty verdict. While he would still like the Judge to find that there was not enough evidence presented on the Contempt of Court charge and overturn the verdict, this is considered a huge success.
On the one guilty charge, if Judge Rodgers does not overturn it, there is no limit to the penalty that she can impose. Please pray that she would show leniency during the sentencing.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 12, 2015.
For those of you who would like to help, here are a few things you can do.
1. Pray:
– Kent’s Attorney is attempting to get Kent out of the county jail and back into a federal facility.
– That the Government will not continue to pursue the three counts that the Jury was unable to come to a verdict on.
– That the Gospel through the Creation Message would be spread with amazing effectiveness around the world.
2. Write a letter:
– If you would like to write a letter to the Judge on Kent’s behalf. The letter should be addressed to the Judge and could have some of the following…
Dear Judge Rodgers,
Why you are supportive of Kent Hovind
Why you think he has spent enough time in prison.
Why having Kent Hovind out of prison would be a blessing.
Positive Qualities you see in Kent Hovind.
There is no need to address the charges or what your thoughts are on the governments decision to prosecute Kent Hovind.
Send the letter to the following address:
Attorney Thomas Keith
Blount Building, 2nd Floor
3 W Garden Street, Suite 200
Pensacola, FL 32502
3. Help spread Kent’s favorite topic far and wide.
– Kent’s seminars can still be viewed for free at CreationToday.org. You can post these and other articles and videos all over to help people run into the truth!
– Creation Resources to give to others are ready and waiting to be used as ammo. You should give some to a skeptic friend.
CreationStore.org
4. Promote Creation Ministries.
Creation is foundational to having a proper worldview. There are many Creation Ministries around the world who are standing on the front lines every day. They need your support. If you would like to support the Creation Message, Kent would be very grateful. We have set up a fund specifically for promoting Creation Ministries at Creation Today. If you would like to be a part of that, please call 877-479-3466 or visit CreationToday.org/network
Dad would be proud!
As always, Thank you for your prayers.
Eric Hovind

Inside the Courtroom

Forbes.com contributor Peter J Reilly has been following Dr. Kent Hovind’s case for some time now. Yesterday he added a post about the events and atmosphere in and around the courtroom in the first days of the trial.

Monday was devoted to jury selection with the government beginning to lay out its case yesterday.  Observers are not permitted to take notes.  (They are also not permitted to open their Bibles, further proof to the Hovindicators that Bush appointed district court judge Margaret Casey Rodgers is altogether a wicked Jezebel seeking to persecute Christians).  The evidence presented focused on the various filing by Paul John Hansen and included testimony from IRS administrative personnel and a Nebraska notary who witnessed numerous documents from Hansen.

Read the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2015/03/04/government-focusing-on-codfendant-hansen-as-kent-hovind-trial-commences/

 

Further updates on the trial can be found here: http://ytmp.blogspot.com/search/label/Kent%20Hovind

The Trial Begins…

First, thank you so much for checking in on my dad. He has now been in prison for more than 8 years. During this time God has used him to lead over 500 men to Christ, allowed him to read over 1500 books, and to author several books on various topics.

For the past several years, we have been expecting to see Dad home around February of 2015. However, on October 24, 2014, the government handed down an indictment from a Grand Jury granting permission to prosecute both Kent Hovind and another gentleman for mail fraud. Dad is being represented by a public defender who said that these charges are unique in that typically mail fraud is used when someone defrauds another individual out of money. In this case, there was no money defrauded. Dad’s trial began Monday March 2nd, 2015. I’m told it should last about two weeks. While I cannot comment on an ongoing trial, I will post updates here once the trial is over.

I read a blog by Peter Reilly, a blogger who has been following Dad’s case, and he gave a summary of what is happening. You can find that summary here.

http://www.forbes.com/…/government-coming-down-harder-on-k…/

As his son, I can speak for all the family in saying that we are ready for him to come home. His grandchildren are ready to see Grandpa again. He is not a threat to society, and can never repay any debt that is claimed to be owed while he is locked up in prison.

My hope is that the government would be reasonable and show leniency to my father considering the time he has already spent in prison.

 

Eric Hovind

Update on Dr. Hovind Trial

Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

It is sure comforting to know that God’s thoughts and ways are far above ours! No matter what happens in life, we can count on God’s promise that He is in control of everything! It is wise to keep that in mind when things do not seem to go our way.

Dr. Hovind’s trial has been postponed again. It is now scheduled for the week of March 2nd. While our families desire to have Dad / Grandpa back home, we trust that God’s timing is perfect and that He has a plan that we simply cannot understand at this time.

While we have no control over Dad’s current circumstances, our desire (and his) is still to see others come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ! “Redeem the time” and spread the Gospel through the Creation message. That is why Creation Today offers thousands of free videos and resources to help you spread this message.

Thank you for continuing to pray for Dr. Hovind!

Eric Hovind

Update on Dr. Hovind Trial and Thank You

To those of you praying for my dad, THANK YOU. His trial has been rescheduled to begin on February 9th and I am told it will last for about one week.
While a lot of attention has been brought to his legal case, I know that it will be his desire to see others come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ that will always overshadow his current circumstance.
My Dad spent his life teaching others about the truth of Creation and the lies of Evolution in order to overcome one of the main hurdles destroying our culture and share the Gospel with others. His teachings are still among the most popular teachings regarding science and the Bible.
If you have never learned these truths, you should take the time to watch how Dr. Hovind was able to communicate a timeless message that is so timely today.
Seminar 1 – The Age of the Earth
Seminar 2 – The Garden of Eden
Seminar 3 – Dinosaurs and the Bible
Seminar 4 – Lies in the Textbooks
Seminar 5 – The Dangers of Evolution
Seminar 6 – The Hovind Theory
Seminar 7 – Questions and Answers

As always, Thank you for your prayers. Other than the date of the trial, the information posted in my last update is still accurate.

Eric Hovind

Additional Charges for Dr. Hovind

First, thank you so much for checking in on my dad. He has now been in prison for more than 8 years. During this time God has used him to lead over 500 men to Christ, allowed him to read over 1500 books, and to author several books on various topics.

For the past several years, we have been expecting to see Dad home around February of 2015. We are praying that he will still be released in February. However, on October 24, 2014, the government handed down an indictment from a Grand Jury granting permission to prosecute both Kent Hovind and another gentleman for mail fraud. Dad is being represented by a public defender who said that these charges are unique in that typically mail fraud is used when someone defrauds another individual out of money. In this case, there was no money defrauded. Dad’s trial is currently set for January 5, 2015.

I read a blog by Peter Reilly, a blogger who has been following Dad’s case, and he gave a summary of what is happening. You can find that summary here.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/peterjreilly/2014/10/29/government-coming-down-harder-on-kent-hovind/

As his son, I can speak for all the family in saying that we are ready for him to come home. His grandchildren are ready to see Grandpa again. He is not a threat to society, and can never repay any debt that is claimed to be owed while he is locked up in prison.

My hope is that the government would be reasonable and show leniency to my father considering the time he has already spent in prison.

Others have asked, “What can I do?”

1.     Pray! Pray that we will further the Gospel! I am so thankful for a dad that instilled in me the desire to preach the Gospel and win souls. My dad’s spent almost 20 years traveling the world preaching the Gospel through the creation message. His 18-hour Creation Seminar Series has been used by God to launch millions on a spiritual journey for which they are eternally thankful. Clearly seeing the issues and understanding how the theory-fairytale of evolution and the religion of atheism undermines the very fabric of society was the “knowledge that brought much sorrow” as Solomon put it in Ecclesiastes 1:18. This knowledge pushed our family to spend our lives teaching the truth of creation to the next generation.

In 1999, I began speaking for my dad and in 2008 launched Creation Today to pick up the mantel and continue the fight against this religious worldview that is being perpetrated through the public schools and is wreaking havoc on our society. This year, 44 million high schoolers will be indoctrinated with the humanistic worldview. It is critical to continue the mission that Dad started. The battle is huge and the stakes are eternal!

Through God’s power, the message of creation continues to strengthen the faith of believers and win the lost to Christ. Please pray that we can continue to proclaim this truth with boldness and creativity. It is still the Gospel that changes lives through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you want to see how God has directed us, click here.

http://creationtoday.org/about/partner/

2.     Pray! Pray that God would guide my dad each step of the way as he goes through this new trial.

3.     Pray! Pray for the family. These trials are not easy and we covet your prayers for clarity and strength.

4.     Send a note of encouragement. While the mail room at the jail is already frustrated with the amount of mail that my Dad gets, I don’t think it would hurt for you to send a short note of encouragement.

Kent Hovind #06452-017

Santa Rosa County Jail

PO Box 7129

Milton, FL 32572

5.     Go tell someone about Christ! In light of eternity, both Dad and I encourage you to take the opportunity today to share the truth of the Gospel with someone who needs to hear it.

All for HIS glory,

 

Eric Hovind

Santa Rosa County Jail — More Criminal Charges

Dad, Kent Hovind, was moved from Atlanta, Georgia to the facility in Tallahassee, Florida in the middle of July. Then, on August 13, 2014, he was moved to the Santa Rosa County Jail in Milton, Florida. The reason for Move #22 in his nearly eight-year incarceration, is to take Dad back to court on September 8, 2014 in November, 2014.

The prosecution obtained approval from Judge Rodgers to press more criminal charges. These allegations purport that the appeals, motions, and lawsuits filed by Kent Hovind are “frivolous” and that they have “encumbered” the government. In spite of the fact that in the county facility, he has no access to his legal files, he will be representing himself represented by a public defender at his September 8 trial.

Dad’s new address is:
Kent Hovind #06452-017
Santa Rosa County Jail
PO Box 7129
Milton, FL 32572

We continue to pray that this long battle will end in order that Dad can fully devote his time to fighting on the battlefield for men’s eternal souls. Thank you for praying with us to that end.

Eric Hovind

Berlin, Montgomery, and Atlanta

Dad, Kent Hovind, arrived in Montgomery, Alabama at the Maxwell Federal Prison Camp after his 40-hour bus ride from Berlin, New Hampshire on May 14. After being there only five days, he was called to the office, handcuffed, and taken to the Elmore County Jail. He was not informed why he was taken there and spent 21 days in the crowed, unairconditioned jail.

My family drove up to visit him, but could only see him through the glass at the Elmore County Jail. It was an emotional visit, as Dad had not seen any of his grandchildren for three years. He was never officially informed of why he was moved – which is terribly frustrating for anyone. Helpless to do anything to ease Dad’s frustration, unable to hug him, and knowing that he desperately needs dental work done made it hard to see him in these conditions. We departed our hour visit, anxious for him to get back to the Prison Camp at Maxwell AFB, as this was the best facility at which Dad had been during his seven-and-a-half year incarceration.

On June 6, he was handcuffed and put on a bus which took him to the Atlanta Transfer Center, his third time there. This facility has been referred to as “the armpit of the Bureau of Prisons,” as the Atlanta Penitentiary facility was built in 1902.

At this time, we do not know how long he will be in the Atlanta Transfer Center, nor where he will be sent next. We continue to trust God’s divine work in my Dad’s life and in the lives of those whom God may choose to use Dad to influence for Christ. Although letters are very encouraging, we are not posting an address at this time since we don’t know if he will receive his mail there at the transfer facility, nor when he may be moved, in which case all of his mail may not be forwarded. When we have an address to which you may write, we will post that information. Thank you for praying for my dad.

Eric Hovind

Transferred to Montgomery, Alabama

“Thank you,” to everyone who continues to pray for my dad. After being in Berlin, New Hampshire for the past 19 months, he was moved to Montgomery, Alabama last week — his 14th move since his incarceration began on November 6, 2006.

Those of you who know him well won’t be surprised that he talked about the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people as he could during his 40-hour bus transfer. He said that witnessing opportunities included talking to a Communist Chinese student studying in New York, four Russian students on a four-month tour studying English, a man from India, five Ukrainian students in the United States to work and travel for four months, and several others.

The prison camp in Berlin had about 100 men. The one in Montgomery houses nearly 900. Dad began making his Name Book Marker Tracts and paper airplanes the first day at his new housing and the requests started pouring in with many men asking for their name to be put on a book marker. Dad made nearly 300 by the end of the second day! Wow! Wouldn’t it be great if a bunch of those guys trusted Christ!

Dad is scheduled to go to six-months home confinement on February 11, 2015. Following that, he will begin five years of probation.

Dad’s new address is:
Kent Hovind 06452-017
Federal Prison Camp
Maxwell Air Force Base
Montgomery, AL 36112 USA

Thank you, again, for your prayers.

All for HIS glory,

Eric

 

Home Confinement

Update from Eric Hovind

We received an update regarding my Dad’s release. According to his latest review meeting, he will be sent to home confinement for a period of six months on February 11, 2015. Dad continues to request that 6 months of Half-Way House time be added to that, as the BOP regulations permit up to one year of Half-Way House time on a ten-year sentence. However, the BOP regulations do not require them to grant a full year. It is a discretionary decision that lies in the hands of the BOP Administration.

Dad also continues requesting a furlough transfer closer to home. He is currently still in Berlin, New Hampshire, over 1,500 miles from Pensacola.
Kent Hovind #06452-017
FPC PO Box 9000
Berlin, NH 03570 USA

We all continue asking God to work all for HIS glory. To the many who are praying for Dr. Hovind, we say a humble thank you.

All for HIS glory,

Eric Hovind

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