This post was originally published on Forbes Aug 22, 2015
Paul Hansen, Kent Hovind's co-defendant in their March trial for mail fraud and contempt, faced sentencing Friday on his conviction for contempt of court. Judge Margaret Casey Rodgers sentenced Hansen to 18 months in prison and three years of supervised release. Considering time already served Hansen should be out by next Spring.
“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.”
The punishment should fit the crime and be a deterrent. Seven thousand hours is significant punishment for someone that’s not even getting paid, for mailing a letter for a church to create a record.
The mail fraud contempt prosecution sparked a vigorous social media campaign to "Free Kent Hovind". Its flagship website is #FreeKent and Rudy Davis devoted his youtube channel LoneStar1776 to the cause. Kent through telephone interviews from the county jail where he was held during the trial made the rounds of right-wing conspiracy alternate media including Alex Jones on InfoWars. The conspiracy theme runs throughout Hovind's material, which is not surprising.
I understand that the elect of God should promote the Kingdom of God (and His dominion) on earth as it is in Heaven. I am a serious student of Biblical law, and constitutional limitations of the US Government. I have been in court over 350 times. Arrest, oh I lost count. I have received numerous death threats that have come from US STATE agents and officers. Always bogus misdemeanor charges. (Mostly Municipal Housing Codes, right to travel actions, or related acts.) I file no Federal Income Taxes (1040 Form) since the year 2000. (No filings in any form.)(Always demand a 6203 Assessment when confronted.) I do not pay STATE income tax, or sales tax on major purchases. I pay no COUNTY property taxes though I owned over 28 properties (28 buildings). ( I believe I have discovered a “filing for record” process that takes my Land off the tax roles. ) I do not vote for UNITED STATE, or NEBRASKA STATE, County, or City governing officers. I am a sovereign American by birth right. (Not a US citizen.)
At Hansen’s request, Rodgers said she would recommend Hansen be allowed to serve his time at the Federal Prison Camp in Pensacola. Hansen said he plans to remain in the area after his release.
“You’re not special.” That’s, like, the meanest thing you could possibly say to someone who prides himself on being Persecuted While Christian.
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.
Rhonda Herrington entered clutching a Bible and sat in the pew directly behind the defense. She came to report the sentencing for her pastor James David Manning’s internet radio show. After Hansen was brought out in chains and an orange jumpsuit, she knelt on her knees in prayer with her head bowed.