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Convicted Felon Vouches for Skipper Beck

This is a hoot. Convicted felon Rick Hendrick says Skipper Beck has paid his debt to society by going to john school after getting caught red, um, handed paying for sex with a hooker.

“He made a mistake, he said he made a mistake, he and his family want to get on with it,” said longtime friend and motorsports executive Rick Hendrick. “He’s paid a tremendous price publicly with that. They just want to get on with their lives.”

The thing is, I agree with Hendrick — provided Beck is getting exactly the same deal any other serial customer of prostitutes would get from Mecklenburg County prosecutors for a first offense. It’ll be real interesting to watch the vice case load in the coming months and years and see if that turns out to be true.

Meanwhile, Hendrick, the guy the feds said paid $825,000 in bribes. As CNN sums it up:

During the import-crazed 1980s, getting Hondas in your inventory often meant bribing Honda execs to send you a larger allocation of the popular cars. Hendrick played this game for his dealerships, and in the process gave execs thousands of dollars in cars, cash, and even houses.

In 1997, he pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection with these shenanigans. His sentence included a $250,000 fine, a year of home confinement, three years of probation, and an order to stay away from his racing team. In December 2000, Bill Clinton pardoned Hendrick.

That pardon, officially wiping away the felony fraud conviction, was worth millions to Hendrick as several states bar convicted felons from owning car dealerships. At the time of his conviction Hendrick ran some 89 dealerships.

As a reporter, how in the world do you turn to Hendrick as a character witness for Beck without at least mentioning the backstory?

7 Responses to “Convicted Felon Vouches for Skipper Beck”

  • Feb
    24
    2009

    To me prostitution is not a crime, and the Hendrick bribes, so long as they remained internal to Honda, are not either.

  • Feb
    24
    2009

    You’ve never met any of these poor women forced into this lifestyle then I’d wager.

  • Feb
    24
    2009

    You’ve never met any of these poor women forced into this lifestyle then I’d wager.

    I’ve not, but somehow I doubt that all of them are “poor” or “forced into” it. I would imagine that some of them make a hell of a lot of money.

  • Feb
    24
    2009

    Although I do not want to criminalize all bad choices by adults, I’m not unsympathetic to Sky’s view. If you’ve spent any time at all in criminal court or reading unredacted police reports, you wonder if there is anything beneath the intersection of extremely low self-esteem and predators in human form.

    But why not a madam school as well?

  • Feb
    24
    2009

    Sky, if by “forced” you mean “they had no other economic choice” then I just say, well, you’re wrong. If by “forced” you mean “physically threatened or abused,” well, such treatment is a genuine crime and a functioning justice system (i.e. one not obsessed with busting Beck or Hendrick or Barry Bonds) will deal with the abusers.

  • Sep
    11
    2009

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  • Feb
    23
    2010

    [...] official Charlotte could not be any more brain dead, how is this for a brilliant idea: Honor convicted felon Rick Hendrick by naming the street outside the NASCAR Hall of Fame for [...]

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