It Is Nice Being Rich and Famous...

june 7, 2007

Welp, if this ain't proof that our justice system is broke, I'm not sure what is... Paris Hilton was released from a Los Angeles County jail early Thursday because of an unspecified medical problem and will fulfill the remainder of her sentence for probation violation in home confinement, a sheriff's spokesman said. The 26-year-old hotel heiress was sent home shortly after 2 a.m. wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. Hilton was sentenced to 45 days for violating her probation in a reckless driving case, but had been expected to serve 23 days in jail because of state rules allowing shorter sentences for good behavior. She ended up spending three full days at the all-women's facility in Lynwood, but because she checked in late Sunday and left early Thursday, authorities credited her with five days of time served. She'll be confined to her Hollywood Hills home for 40 days. It must really be nice to be rich and famous. What would happen if you were not rich and famous? You'd end up spending your whole 45 day sentence in jail, not even in the "special needs" section of the jail. Our justice system is broken. Shittake, if I could commit a crime and then do my time locked up at home? I'd be all over it. This is sad. Update:  Booyah!  Justice served. Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer was apparently unmoved by the pleas of Hilton's lawyers to send her back to home confinement because of an unspecified medical condition. He ordered Hilton returned to a Los Angeles County jail to serve the rest of her 45-day sentence for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. She was taken handcuffed and crying from her home. She was escorted into court disheveled, without makeup, hair askew and face red with tears. Crying out for her mother when she was ordered back to jail, Paris Hilton's cool, glamorous image evaporated Friday as she gave the impression of a little girl lost in a merciless legal system. Paris' friend Nicole Richie is probably sweating bullets now.