Who Says Money Won’t Buy Freedom?

Hulk Hogan was a man of many words when his son, Nick Bollea was charged with reckless driving for an incident that left his friend, who was in the car at the time, brain damaged. Of course this is horrifying and tragic news and devastating to both families however, these things do sometimes happen and when they do, really, the only person to be blamed, when there is blame to be placed, is on the driver. Everyone seemed to accept that, even Hulk Hogan as he stated on the Larry King Live show shortly after the accident.

However, it was during that same interview that Hogan also lavished heaps of praise upon young Nick for being a man about it and taking full responsibility. In the meantime, by the way, he also wondered what John Graziano, Nick’s friend, had done in his lifetime to deserve such a punishment. Nice. But now it seems that Nick does not need to own up and take full responsibility. While his friend has been left with huge, permanent disabilities, he gets to stroll on out of his jail cell three months earlier than originally expected. From Contact Music,

“HULK HOGAN’s son NICK BOLLEA will be released from prison three months early for good behaviour, according to U.S. reports.
The former wrestler’s son is currently serving an eight-month sentence at Florida’s Pinellas County Jail, after pleading no contest to a felony reckless driving offence following a horrific car crash in Clearwater, Florida – which left his friend and passenger, John Graziano, brain damaged.
But the 18-year-old is eligible for early release for his good behaviour, reports People.com.
A source tells the publication, “(Inmates) automatically get credits towards early release, and if they don’t do anything bad while they’re here, they get to use the credits.”
Graziano’s family lawyer George Tragos admits he is not surprised to hear of Bollea’s early release.
He says, “It’s standard procedure. There is no way for us to impact his release date, that’s not within our control. It’s a formula worked out by the sheriff.”

What do you wanna bet that the sheriff’s formula has to do with who the inmate knows ‘on the outside’ and how much money they can get for granting early release. I realize early release happens all the time but it bothers me that Nick has virtually taken away this person’s life, as they had known it, and he gets to walk after serving only five months. The sentence of 8 months was ridiculously light to begin with and this entire case shows once again that laws do not apply to those of the privileged rich and famous, who are walking proofs that money can buy happiness…or at least freedom.

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#1 Violet on 09.25.08 at 2:21 pm

It’s not fair at all….you know…

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