While his younger brother was busy having babies and brawling, Nick Diaz – the erstwhile UFC star who’s been under suspension for flipping USADA the bird – has been dealing with his own legal mess. Specifically, an alleged domestic violence incident that put him in the slammer temporarily and has him showing up at the courthouse every now and then.
Well, ol’ saint Nick had a hearing today, and though he wasn’t there, he still managed to win a minor battle – this one over his bail getting raised.
As per MMAJunkie:
The prosecutor argued the severe nature of the alleged crime warranted a bail increase to $100,000, prompting Diaz attorney Ross Goodman to counter that the alleged victim’s story wasn’t consistent with her injuries.
Judge Amy Chelini ultimately refused the request, saying she “can’t fathom” a reason to increase the bail above the standard set by the court. She appeared to agree there were inconsistencies in the alleged victim’s story that would need to be proven at trial. She added Diaz shouldn’t be punished based on his occupation.
“I don’t care,” she said. “He’s going to be treated the same way everybody else is.”
Diaz is accused of one count of battery constituting domestic violence by strangulation, a felony punishable by one to five years in prison; and one count of battery constituting domestic violence, a misdemeanor punishable by fines, counseling and community service.
Diaz remains free on an $18,000 bond and is next due in court on July 10 at 10 a.m. PT. He is ordered not to have any contact with the alleged victim.
If we start chanting “Free Nick Diaz!” do you think it will help?