Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Hovind Trial, Day 4

And yet another of his fellow Christians blows the whistle on him.

Gibbs, an attorney with the Gibbs Law Firm in a suburb of St. Petersburg, also is affiliated with the Christian Law Association, a nonprofit organization founded by his father that offers free legal help to churches nationwide….

Gibbs said Hovind tried to persuade him he had no obligation to pay employee income taxes and explained with “a great deal of bravado” how he had “beat the tax system.”

Gibbs said Hovind also told him he preferred to deal in cash and that when you are “dealing with cash there is not way to trace it, so it wasn’t taxable.”

It’s really quite amusing to me that Hovind thinks he can get away with claiming ignorance. He’s got such a track record of claiming that the income tax is illegal and doesn’t apply to him that it completely undermines his position.


  1. #1 SLC
    October 23, 2006

    I would greatly quesdtion the credibility of Gibbs. This is the same attorney Gibbs who represented the Schindlers in the Terri Schiavo case and who has consistantly lied about the facts of that case.

  2. #2 Ed Brayton
    October 23, 2006

    True, but what possible motive could he have for lying about a fellow Christian with whom he agrees on practically everything?

  3. #3 Troublesome Frog
    October 23, 2006

    Hovind is definitely an interesting creature. It seems to me that he has spent so many years surrounding himself with dupes who think that he’s the greatest genius since Newton that he’s forgotten that the average judge is waaaay too smart to be fooled by his crap. His estimation of the intelligence of his fellow man appears to be badly skewed by sampling bias.

  4. #4 Matthew
    October 23, 2006

    I don’t understand, is his defense that he didn’t know that he had to pay taxes?

  5. #5 reboho
    October 23, 2006

    I thought he was a “Citizen of Heaven” instead of a citizen of the USA, so he isn’t bound by our laws. Maybe that has changed to ignorance, although it’s not a defense.

  6. #6 KeithB
    October 24, 2006

    Trial is delayed:

    Would it be fair/ethical/legal for the prosecuting attorney to find out where the jurors go to church and put the jury member’s pastors on the stand to state that there is nothing wrong with ministers paying taxes?

  7. #7 woblet
    October 31, 2006

    I’ve been sitting behind this weasel at his trial for 5 days now …I hope they lock his slimy ass up for 10 years.

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