Kent Hovind may get an early release from prison if a bill in the Senate passes. The bill would allow for earlier release for non-violent offenders who exhibit good behavior in prison, which I’m all for. In fact, I think a lot fewer of them should be sent to prison in the first place.
Now in his eighth year in federal prison on tax-related charges, the popular Florida-based creation-science lecturer and theme-park creator known as “Dr. Dino” hopes a U.S. Senate bill will free him, perhaps even before Christmas.
Kent Hovind, incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution at Berlin, N.H., began serving a 10-year sentence in January 2007 after he was convicted of 12 tax offenses, one count of obstructing federal agents and 45 counts of structuring cash transactions.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill that would reduce the amount of time served for first-offense, nonviolent federal offenders who exhibit good behavior, cutting sentences by 33 percent instead of the current 12 percent.
Known as the Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act of 2013, Senate Bill 1675 is expected to pass the Senate and the House and be signed by President Obama if it survives the Judiciary Committee.
Yes, I know Hovind is loathsome, but his sentence was too long in the first place and he should be out of prison. And regardless of his personal situation, this bill is a great idea and I hope it passes. Unfortunately, Hovind seems not to have learned anything about the law from this:
While Kent Hovind has made statements over the course of his ministry that challenge the authority of the federal government to collect income taxes, he insists he has not broken any laws.
“I’ve never been anti-tax or a tax protester,” he told WND. “I have always said that everyone should obey the law, including the government. I have always paid every tax I owe.”…
As WND reported in 2009, Hovind argues he took a vow of poverty as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ and, therefore, owns nothing and receives no income. All of his needs are taken care of by the ministry, he insists.
An idiotic argument then and still an idiotic argument now.