Nick Bollea to Remain in Solitary Confinement
In a three-sentence order, Judge Philip J. Federico denied a motion filed Monday by attorneys for Nick Bollea, 17, claiming the confinement was "cruel and unusual punishment."
The judge did not disclose his reasons for the decision. But a court spokesman says the judge studied the motion looking for legal issues to be argued.
"Had there been a need for such arguments, a hearing would have been scheduled," court public information officer Ron Stuart said, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
Bollea is housed in solitary at Pinellas County Jail because as a minor he can't be released into the adult population.
His attorneys say he's spending 16 to 17 hours a day in the maximum-security cell where his food is delivered through a slot in the door, causing him "unbearable anxiety." Bollea requested a transfer to monitored home confinement or the minimum-security area.
Bollea, who is also suing the sheriff's office for releasing tapes of his jail conversations, was sentenced last month after pleading no contest to charges stemming from a car crash that left his best friend, John Graziano, in critical condition.
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