Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Hovind’s Wife Sentenced

Kent Hovind’s wife, Jo, was finally sentenced for her role in their tax fraud conviction. She was sentenced to one year and one day in prison plus $8000 in fines and 3 years probation. Far lighter than Kent’s sentence but her attorney says he still plans on appealing.


  1. #1 MrsCogan
    June 30, 2007

    This seems fair. She should get some time because she was an idiot, but not much because Hovind is a bully and she was/is under his thumb. Besides I bet it really pisses him off that her sentence is lighter than his. I’d love to get his reaction.

  2. #2 Kristine
    June 30, 2007

    People tend to think that women can’t make their own decisions. How was she under his thumb? Does she claim to be abused? Has her attorney claimed that he threatened her?

    No excuses. I think she should have gotten the same sentence. She never called this off; she never even anonymously contacted authorities.

  3. #3 Coin
    June 30, 2007

    Jo Hovind was charged on fewer counts than her husband.

  4. #4 Sue Ellen
    July 1, 2007

    Mr. Hovind’s sentence was far worse than some egregious tax evaders who took millions, not to mention people who walked away with pension plans.

    But you see where this is going. If the new athesit wave succeeds, and believers are labeled as delusional child abusers, then they can be put in jail.

    And the trend for child abusers is “indefinite sentences” until cured. (or their belief renounced perhaps?!)

    You may laugh, but this is what is going around in the churches, this is what is galvanized the believrs for a new front.

    Dawkins, Harris and PZ have done incalcuable harm to science.

  5. #5 doctorgoo
    July 1, 2007

    Dawkins, Harris and PZ have done incalcuable harm to science.

    They’ve done harm to science?? Nothing that you wrote supports that conclusion.

    And as for your comparison of Hovind to white collar corporate criminals, I think most would agree that the CEOs who raid pension plans should be punished harshly. It’s just that they’re usually smart enough to find loopholes in the law to make it look quasi-legal.

    These CEOs usually aren’t punished as badly because it’s comparitively much more difficult to prove that they actually broke the law. But Hovind? …He’s not just an immoral criminal (and the worst type of hypocritical Christian), he’s also quite stupid and made it easy for the police to figure out all his criminal activities.

  6. #6 Ed Brayton
    July 1, 2007

    I think this comment shows the utter lack of reasoning ability for the average Hovind follower. Hovind gets convicted of tax evasion, which he is clearly guilty of, and that logically leads to the conclusion that a group of atheists whose political power is approximately nil will soon be throwing all Christians in jail for child abuse. I’d like a non sequitur in a red herring sauce please. Medium rare.

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