I'm sure she has just been quickly rehabilitated, Gordon.
no, i think she's just allergic to consequences. it's a fairly common malady these days.
And so she's grounded. Wow.
probably for the first time.
Oh. It may not be her first grounding, but when she can use her own pool, sleep in her own bed, have her usual maid and butler service, have access to her phone and computer, etc. Instead of having to use the ones available at the LA jail. . .
And once again the American Justice system is brought done a peg in the eyes of the citizens thanks to a spoiled rich brat.
As punishment she'll have the paps stationed outside her house 24/7.
Drew - you were right - she didn't make her probation.
Now she's ordered by the court to show up for the Show Cause hearing on why she was released early.
She should've stuck with the 23 days. Now the judge has ordered her to serve out the entire 45-day sentence.
when's the courtroom scene gonna' be on YouTube?
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I'm so sick of this, a famous rich white girl just can NOT catch a break in L.A.!!!
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Screaming and crying, Paris Hilton was escorted out of a courtroom and back to jail Friday after a judge ruled that she must serve out her entire 45-day sentence behind bars rather than in her Hollywood Hills home.
"It's not right!" shouted the weeping Hilton, who violated her probation in a reckless driving case. "Mom!" she called out to her mother in the audience.
Hilton, who was brought to court in handcuffs in a sheriff's car, came into the courtroom disheveled and weeping, hair askew, sans makeup, wearing a gray fuzzy sweatshirt over slacks.
She cried throughout the hearing, her body shook constantly and she dabbed at her eyes. Several times she turned to her parents, seated behind her in the courtroom, and mouthed, "I love you."
Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer was calm but apparently irked by the morning's developments. He said he had left the courthouse Thursday night having signed an order for Hilton to appear for the hearing.
When he got in his car early Friday, he said, he heard a radio report that he had approved Hilton's participation in the hearing by telephone, but he had not.
"I at no time condoned the actions of the sheriff and at no time told him I approved the actions," he said of the decision to release Hilton from jail after three days.
"At no time did I approve the defendant being released from custody to her home on Kings Road," Sauer said.
Assistant City Attorney Dan F. Jeffries argued that Hilton should be returned to jail, and said that was purely the judge's decision to make. "Her release after only three days erodes confidence in the judicial system," Jeffries said.
Hilton's attorney, Richard Hutton, implored the judge to order a hearing in his chambers at which he would hear testimony about Hilton's medical condition before making a decision.
The judge did not respond to that suggestion.
Another of her attorneys, Steve Levine, said, "The sheriff has determined that because of her medical situation, this (jail) is a dangerous place for her."
"The court's role here is to let the Sheriff's Department run the jail," he said.
A former district attorney, Robert Philibosian, also represented Hilton. He said that the law supports the sheriff in making an independent decision on her custodial situation.
The judge interrupted several times to say that he had received a call last Wednesday from an undersheriff informing him that Hilton had a medical condition and that he would submit papers to the judge to consider. He said the papers never arrived.
Every few minutes, the judge would interrupt proceedings and state the time on the clock and note that the papers still had not arrived.
He also noted that he had heard that a private psychiatrist visited Hilton in jail and he wondered if that person played a role in deciding her medical needs.
The frenzy over Hilton's jail status began early Thursday when sheriff's officials released Hilton because of an undisclosed medical condition and sent her home under house arrest. She had been in jail since late Sunday.
Hilton was fitted with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet and was expected to finish her 45-day sentence for a reckless driving probation violation at her four-bedroom, three-bath home.
The decision by Sheriff Lee Baca to move Hilton chafed prosecutors and Judge Sauer, who spelled out during sentencing that Hilton was not allowed to serve house detention.
California Attorney General Jerry Brown criticized the Sheriff's Department for letting Hilton out of jail, saying he believed she should serve out her sentence.
"It does hold up the system to ridicule when the powerful and the famous get special treatment," Brown told The Associated Press in an interview before testifying at a congressional hearing in Washington.
"I'm sure there's a lot of people who've seen their family members go to jail and have various ailments, physical and psychological, that didn't get them released," he said. "I'd say it's time for a course correction."
The Los Angeles County jail system is so overcrowded that attorneys and jail officials have said it is not unusual for nonviolent offenders like Hilton to be released after serving as little as 10 percent of their sentences.
Hilton's path to jail began September 7, when she failed a sobriety test after police saw her weaving down a street in her Mercedes-Benz on what she said was a late-night run to a hamburger stand.
She pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was sentenced to 36 months' probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines.
In the months that followed she was stopped twice by officers who discovered her driving on a suspended license. The second stop landed her in Sauer's courtroom, where he sentenced her to jail.
Who would have thought?
With a celeb, no less!
For some hilarious cartoons, go here:
From her reaction, you'd think the judge gave her a life sentence. Maybe this will actually get her to pay attention, you think?
Hilton was not the only high-profile defendant who prompted a raised eyebrow from a judge this week. On Friday, the judge who sentenced Lewis Libby to prison issued an order dripping with sarcasm after receiving a supporting brief from a dozen prominent legal scholars, including Alan Dershowitz of Harvard and Robert Bork, the former Supreme Court nominee.
The judge, Reggie Walton of U.S. District Court in Washington, said he would be pleased to see similar efforts for defendants less famous than Libby, formerly the chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney.
"The court trusts," Walton wrote, in a footnote longer than the order itself, that the brief for Libby "is a reflection of these eminent academics' willingness in the future to step up to the plate and provide like assistance in cases involving any of the numerous litigants, both in this court and throughout the courts of our nation, who lack the financial means to fully and properly articulate the merits of their legal positions."
"The court," he added, "will certainly not hesitate to call for such assistance from these luminaries."
Two great judges stepped up to the plate and hit home runs this week.
So how do we get that Federal Judge reassigned to the 9th Circuit?
Or how about reassignment to the Waco Court of Appeals?
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