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February 13, 1991 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned TV evangelist Jim Bakker's 45-year prison sentence because it said the judge at his trial had displayed a personal religious bias against the defrocked founder of the PTL ministry. But the court upheld Bakker's 24-count conviction for conspiring to defraud his followers. Under federal sentencing guidelines now in effect, Bakker would have received a 10- to 12-year prison sentence for his crimes. But on Oct. 24, 1989, U.S.
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February 13, 1991 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal appeals court Tuesday overturned TV evangelist Jim Bakker's 45-year prison sentence because it said the judge at his trial had displayed a personal religious bias against the defrocked founder of the PTL ministry. But the court upheld Bakker's 24-count conviction for conspiring to defraud his followers. Under federal sentencing guidelines now in effect, Bakker would have received a 10- to 12-year prison sentence for his crimes. But on Oct. 24, 1989, U.S.
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October 15, 1989 | David Edwin Harrell, Harrell is University Scholar at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has written biographies of Oral Roberts and Pat Robertson (Harper & Row). and
If Judge Robert "Maximum Bob" Potter, who recently presided over the trial of Jim Bakker, passes sentence on the basis of this book, Bakker will be confined to prison until the Lord returns. And if the Lord reads this book before He returns, Jim Bakker may want to stay in prison. Charles E. Shepard became a reporter for the Charlotte Observer in 1978 and from 1984 through 1987 he tracked Bakker and the sprawling PTL ministry.
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