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August 26, 1991
Jim Bakker, the dapper little evangelist who hornswoggled thousands of television viewers into giving money to his dubious religious causes, managed to get his 45-year prison sentence reduced to 18.That's good news, because the trial judge who initially sentenced Bakker clearly demonstrated a personal prejudice against the TV preacher. But the 18-year sentence, which will make Bakker eligible for parole in 1995, is still wholly out of line with the offense Bakker committed.What makes Bakker's case for release compelling is the considerably shorter sentences given to the perpetrators of the Wall Street financial scandals of the 1980s.
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By Dennis McLellan and Dennis McLellan,Los Angeles Times | July 22, 2007
Tammy Faye Messner, the mascara-laden former wife of televangelist Jim Bakker, the charismatic TV preacher with the choir-boy face with whom she appeared on their popular Christian talk-variety show until his downfall amid scandal in the late 1980s, has died. She was 65. Mrs. Messner, who underwent surgery for colon cancer in 1996 and was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004, died Friday, CNN talk-show host Larry King told the network last night. In a letter posted on her Web site in May, Mrs. Messner said that doctors had stopped treating her cancer and that her weight had dropped to 65 pounds.
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June 14, 1999
It's a kind of homecoming for Jim Bakker in North Carolina. After spending a year and a half ministering to the poor in inner-city Los Angeles, the preacher and his wife of nine months, Lori, moved into a log cabin near Charlotte lastweek and is considering another televangelism career."
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | July 8, 2000
It is always about Bud. It was always about Bud. And it will always be about Bud. Good thing Bud is a dummy. And good thing he's such a happy dummy. Otherwise Bud's wistful poker face, far-away eyes and stiff demeanor would try the patience of Job and anyone else who meets him. And Bud, a professional tourist who lives to sightsee, has met plenty of people, all of whom he so thoughtfully calls his new friends. The guy gets around -- he's in a perpetual state of summer vacation. But if you think Rehoboth, Whack-a-mole and boogie boarding are Bud's idea of vacation, think again.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | August 24, 1991
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A federal judge sentenced fallen evangelist Jim Bakker to an 18-year prison term yesterday, far less than the 45-year term thrown out by an appeals court but far more than Bakker and his followers had hoped for.The sentence, which came after a subdued Bakker apologized for his stewardship of his PTL ministry, means that Bakker will most likely serve at least four more years in prison.Bakker, who left the courthouse in handcuffs and leg irons, will be eligible for parole after serving about six years.
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By Los Angeles Times | February 13, 1991
WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court overturned TV evangelist Jim Bakker's 45-year prison sentence yesterday, saying that the judge at his trial had displayed a personal, religious bias against the defrocked founder of the PTL ministry.But the court also upheld Bakker's 24-count conviction for conspiring to defraud his followers.Under federal sentencing guidelines now in effect, Bakker would receive a 10- to 12-year prison sentence for his crimes. But on Oct. 24, 1989, U.S. District Judge Robert Potter, known locally in Charlotte, N.C., as "Maximum Bob," sentenced Bakker to 45 years and fined him $500,000.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | August 23, 1991
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Jim Bakker shuffled into the courthouse in leg chains yesterday, an ignominious homecoming for the once-famous minister.Bakker, the disgraced TV preacher who has spent nearly two years in prison in Rochester, Minn., was back in federal court seeking something more lenient than the 45-year sentence for defrauding his television-driven ministry of millions of dollars.About 100 of his undeterred followers were there to welcome him, weeping and praying, although many were among the folks defrauded by the time-sharing scheme Bakker engineered at his Christian retreat and theme park.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1999
For an artist of D.S. Bakker's peculiar turn of mind, a commission from the Maryland Historical Society to create an object for the White House Christmas display might be an invitation for another sensational artist vs. elected official culture clash.Left to his own devices, Bakker fashions surreal dioramas that depict creepy subconscious scenarios involving arson and cockroaches (shellacked) among other unpleasantries, as well as Magritte-like visual paradoxes.But like his work, the lanky, amiable father of two contains multitudes and when asked, cheerfully constructed a patriotic and cockroach-free diorama commemorating Francis Scott Key and his poem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
NEWS
February 10, 1995
Rev. Henry M. Harrison Jr., 67, who was Jim Bakker's co-host on the PTL television show, died Sunday of a stroke in Pineville, N.C. The Pentecostal minister was known widely as "Uncle Henry" from his TV days with Mr. Bakker. He joined Mr. Bakker's Praise The Lord network in 1975 and was a co-host of the show until Mr. Bakker's then-wife, Tammy Faye, replaced him.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | June 30, 1994
Jim Bakker is getting out of prison tomorrow.More than 4 1/2 years after going in for bilking his PTL followers, the fallen TV evangelist is due to walk out of a minimum-security federal prison in Jesup, Ga., and check into a halfway house in Asheville, N.C.An official at the prison 65 miles southwest of Savannah -- 300 miles from the empire Bakker made famous in Fort Mill, S.C. -- confirmed the release date yesterday.Bakker, 53, wasn't due to get out until Sept. 2. The early release was approved by federal prison officials in Georgia.
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By Stephanie Shapiro and Stephanie Shapiro,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1999
For an artist of D.S. Bakker's peculiar turn of mind, a commission from the Maryland Historical Society to create an object for the White House Christmas display might be an invitation for another sensational artist vs. elected official culture clash.Left to his own devices, Bakker fashions surreal dioramas that depict creepy subconscious scenarios involving arson and cockroaches (shellacked) among other unpleasantries, as well as Magritte-like visual paradoxes.But like his work, the lanky, amiable father of two contains multitudes and when asked, cheerfully constructed a patriotic and cockroach-free diorama commemorating Francis Scott Key and his poem, "The Star-Spangled Banner."
FEATURES
June 14, 1999
It's a kind of homecoming for Jim Bakker in North Carolina. After spending a year and a half ministering to the poor in inner-city Los Angeles, the preacher and his wife of nine months, Lori, moved into a log cabin near Charlotte lastweek and is considering another televangelism career."
NEWS
November 3, 1998
Rufus Reynolds,91, whose cases as a federal bankruptcy judge included the crumbling PTL religious empire, died Friday of a heart attack in Greensboro, N.C.He was one of the oldest bankruptcy judges in the country in 1988 when he handled the PTL case involving television evangelist Jim Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye. He ordered the Bakkers to pay their former ministry nearly $8 million.Harry Weese,83, an architect and urban planner who helped shape the Chicago skyline, died Thursday of a stroke in Manteno, Ill.His important Chicago designs include the Time and Life Building and the triangular, slit-windowed Metropolitan Correctional Center.
NEWS
February 10, 1995
Rev. Henry M. Harrison Jr., 67, who was Jim Bakker's co-host on the PTL television show, died Sunday of a stroke in Pineville, N.C. The Pentecostal minister was known widely as "Uncle Henry" from his TV days with Mr. Bakker. He joined Mr. Bakker's Praise The Lord network in 1975 and was a co-host of the show until Mr. Bakker's then-wife, Tammy Faye, replaced him.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | December 1, 1994
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While most of us were sleeping, Jim Bakker re-entered society.At midnight, one of the world's best-known religious figures was to be released from the custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and take his place as a free and private citizen.Make that very private citizen, since the former head of the PTL ministry declined to make himself seen or heard on the occasion of his freedom after five years' custody.Mr. Bakker, 54, who has spent the past four months under house arrest in a private home in the Asheville area, will remain where he is for now. The biggest change in his life comes in now being free to return to the pulpit after his conviction for bilking followers out of $158 million.
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By Knight-Ridder Newspapers | June 30, 1994
Jim Bakker is getting out of prison tomorrow.More than 4 1/2 years after going in for bilking his PTL followers, the fallen TV evangelist is due to walk out of a minimum-security federal prison in Jesup, Ga., and check into a halfway house in Asheville, N.C.An official at the prison 65 miles southwest of Savannah -- 300 miles from the empire Bakker made famous in Fort Mill, S.C. -- confirmed the release date yesterday.Bakker, 53, wasn't due to get out until Sept. 2. The early release was approved by federal prison officials in Georgia.
NEWS
February 14, 1991
It is highly unusual for an appellate court to upset a sentence handed out by a lower court in a criminal trial, but it can be done in cases where the sentencing judge appears to have been motivated by spite, anger or ill-will. So the overturning this week of the 45-year prison sentence of TV evangelist Jim Bakker amounts to a rebuke to the judge.The remarks made by Judge Robert Potter in sentencing Bakker in 1989 appear on the face to be motivated by personal animosity. "Those of us who do have religion," said Judge Potter, "are sick of being saps for money-grubbing preachers and priests."
BUSINESS
By Timothy J. Mullaney | December 19, 1990
Baltimore-based Fairfax Savings said yesterday that it has settled its long-running legal battle with the remains of the Rev. Jim Bakker's PTL Ministries with an agreement by the the evangelist who bought Bakker's Heritage USA complex from a bankruptcy trustee to repay a $12 million loan from Fairfax to PTL.Fairfax said San Diego evangelist Morris Cerullo agreed Friday to pay $11.9 million in principal and $1.2 million in delinquent interest on the loan.The...
NEWS
August 26, 1991
Jim Bakker, the dapper little evangelist who hornswoggled thousands of television viewers into giving money to his dubious religious causes, managed to get his 45-year prison sentence reduced to 18.That's good news, because the trial judge who initially sentenced Bakker clearly demonstrated a personal prejudice against the TV preacher. But the 18-year sentence, which will make Bakker eligible for parole in 1995, is still wholly out of line with the offense Bakker committed.What makes Bakker's case for release compelling is the considerably shorter sentences given to the perpetrators of the Wall Street financial scandals of the 1980s.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | August 24, 1991
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A federal judge sentenced fallen evangelist Jim Bakker to an 18-year prison term yesterday, far less than the 45-year term thrown out by an appeals court but far more than Bakker and his followers had hoped for.The sentence, which came after a subdued Bakker apologized for his stewardship of his PTL ministry, means that Bakker will most likely serve at least four more years in prison.Bakker, who left the courthouse in handcuffs and leg irons, will be eligible for parole after serving about six years.
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