It is possible for the leader of a powerful religious group (can be any religion) to feel that he is above reproach and that whatever he does is justified because it is explained as directly or indirectly for the purpose of growing the religion. So no matter what the judge says, the leader of a powerful religious group will always insist that he did nothing wrong. He will say to his followers that this arrest is a test by God on their faith. He will even "forgive" the judge and government for moving against him.
He may say to his followers that he is carrying out the will of God. Even if he is sent to jail, he will paint himself as persecuted.
It is about mind control of the masses.