This post was originally published on Forbes Jul 31, 2015
Eight people have signed affidavits that they heard Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers say that Kent Hovind's crimes were worse than rape when she sentenced him on his 58 count conviction for interfering with the administration of the internal revenue code, failing to file payroll returns for Creation Science Evangelism and structuring. The "worse than rape" comment does not appear in the official transcript. Hovind's sentencing was in 2007, so you might wonder why there is still controversy about this. Here's the story.
Another Witness Heard From
From Another Hovindologist
I'm looking into your face and I realize you gave my dad ten years in prison and that's okay. I realize that this Court considered my dad and what he did worse than a rapist and that's okay. I also understand that the heart of the king, as Daniel 4 says, is in God's hand. If the heart of king is in God's hand, then can I assure you the heart of judges and the heart of everybody else in here is in God's hand and God's will is going to be done.
Rudy can blather all he wants, but the fact of the matter is that contemporaneous reports of Kent’s sentencing do not mention “worse than a rapist.” Jen Fishburne doesn’t mention “worse than a rapist” in her blog post. It only comes up in this transcript of Jo’s sentencing.
Moreover, there are real problems with the affidavits collected by Greg Dixon and sent to Lindsey Springer (who himself is locked up until 2023 on tax-related charges). Two of the affidavits are by family members (Jo and Kent Jr.). The other three affidavits are likely by people close to the family or employed at DAL or CSE. All of the extant affidavits were entered 15 months after Kent’s sentencing (that is, April 2008) and, just as importantly, after Jo’s sentencing in June 2007.
Sure, talk about Rudy’s crazy all you want, but to be very clear—Rudy is also the same guy who is a birther and believes in geocentrism. These are two provably wrong things. I think he’s provably wrong on this as well.