Friday, October 23, 2015

Hulk Hogan has had a very rough few months, but he was just given some news that could change everything for him.

In July, Hulk Hogan was abruptly fired from the WWE after audio footage of him using the n-w0rd was leaked by Gawker.

The audio footage was part of a sex tape that was leaked by Hogan’s ex-girlfriend. In the video, Hogan loses it as he talks about the fact that his daughter Brooke is dating a black man, who he referred to as the n’word. Last month, Hogan was in trouble again when audio footage showed him using an anti-gay slur as well. Things only got worse for Hogan when it was revealed that authorities are considering pressing charges against him after he was caught lying under oath about the tape.

On Wednesday, however, a judge made a ruling that undoubtedly came as great news to Hogan and his legal team. According to Fox News, Judge Pamela Campbell ruled that Hogan’s lawyers have the right to look into the electronic correspondence between Gawker employees about Hogan.

The Florida circuit court judge ruled that Hogan can hire a forensic team to inspect the, “desktop and laptop computers, computer network systems, servers, tablets, smart phones and any other electronic data equipment of Defendants, Gawker Media, LLC, Nick Denton, A. J. Daulerio, and Heather Dietrick, for any data, files, emails, messages, texts, phone records and similar electronically stored information concerning the Plaintiff, Terry Bollea, in this action and including the U. S. District Court case of Gawker Media v. FBI (“FOIA” lawsuit), for the time frame of June 26, 2015, through August 6, 2015.”

This is the latest ruling in Hogan’s $100 million lawsuit against Gawker for posting his sex tape on one of their websites.

“We are exceptionally pleased with the court’s rulings in our favor and it will be our goal to have the court appointed expert begin their search as soon as possible,” Hogan’s lawyer David Houston told FOX411. “We will comb through Gawker’s records looking for information that may substantiate our concern as to whether or not Gawker or an associate is responsible for the dissemination of otherwise court protected information. If we are able to find that information we will seek the most severe sanctions possible.”

Gawker’s lawyers, however, were outraged by the decision.

“The Judge’s order is literally unprecedented.  It has no basis in law or fact,” said Gawker attorney Michael Berry. “We intend to appeal. This order should send a shiver down the spine of all media companies and anyone who believes in the free press. It says that a court can confiscate all data in a media companies’ computer system based on nothing more than a baseless hunch and accusation. It then gives a litigant all reporters’ and editor’s data that mentions his name and a long list of other names. This order is an affront to the First Amendment.”

What do you think about this decision? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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