Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Crying Game

Yesterday it was reported that Nick Hogan's request to be freed from his solitary Pinellas County jail cell in Florida was denied ... so in retaliation, Hogan's attorney filed a lawsuit against the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department for releasing recordings of his private phone conversations (which have been made widely public and subject to hilarious scrutiny). And so, in retaliation of that move, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department has released photos of the jail cell that Nick is being held in ... you know, just for kicks:

Nick Hogan does not want to be singled out by Florida's Pinellas County Sheriff's Department. Except when he does. The Hulkster's son, currently serving an eight-month sentence for felony reckless driving stemming from a crash that left his friend in critical condition, has filed a civil suit against the department for releasing recordings of his private phone conversations. News of the suit surfaced on the same day a judge denied the younger Hogan's request to be removed from solitary confinement because it's causing him "unbearable anxiety." Hmm. Perhaps that's why it's called punishment. Officials said the 17-year-old, whose real name is Nick Bollea, was originally separated from other inmates because he is, until his July 27 birthday, a minor. This, despite him being convicted in adult court. The rejection and subsequent alone time shouldn't smart the teen too much, however, as he seems to prize his privacy above all else. Attorneys for Bollea have filed a civil suit against the Sheriff's Office for what they claim is a violation of his privacy rights, after the office released a series of phone conversations between the jailbird, his wrestler father and his mother. Pinellas County Sheriff's spokeswoman Marianne Pasha told E! News that the family had fair—and frequent—warning their calls were being recorded. "During the phone calls, there is a recording that comes on reminding callers that their call is being recorded," she said. "All calls from the jail are collect calls and all persons involved in the calls are advised that the call is being taped." However, the Bolleas should feel free to go at it now. "We cannot comment on this case because there is now litigation pending," Pasha said. "And we will also not be able to release any more calls while this litigation is pending."

HMMMM ... the Hogans sure are making a big stink over this. I just don't understand how they don't get that Nick Hogan is BEING PUNISHED FOR HIS CRIME and is supposed to be made to feel "uncomfortable". It would be amazing if Nick's ass did get released from solitary confinement when he turns 18 ... so that he can be thrown into the general population ... and is made to understand what incarceration is really all about. That would be justice. It would also be fitting for him to stay in jail for his entire 8-month sentence, not getting out early for any reason at all. I suspect (and hope) that all of the Hogan's bitching will lead to just that result. Is it too much to hope that Nick Hogan is actually learning his lesson? Honestly, I have my doubts. [Source]