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Another Advantage To Being Rich

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Last Edited: June 7, 2007, 12:50 pm

I usually turn off the news when I hear about the new young Hollywood brats who seem to be the latest role models for our children.  One of them is always drunk, stoned, naked or just plain obnoxious.

However, when I read the following headline today I shouted with middle class horror.

            PARIS HILTON RELEASED FROM JAIL 

I honestly didn't care much before, but now I'm miffed. When someone asks on this board "What would you do if you won $50 million?" I can now add to my list of homes, cars, clothes and other earthly delights "a team of lawyers" so I know that if I drink & drive, lose my license, drive with a suspended license, turn my nose up at the system, violate my probation, I can just make a call and asked to be released for medical reasons.  I wonder if she had a bad hair day.  Maybe she scratched her lilly white ass when she used the cheap toilet paper? Perhaps one of her fingernails chipped.  That must be it.  I mean, how is she going to survive in jail without a manicure?

I was already a little peeved when I read that she didn't get the standard 90 day sentence and it was reduced to 45 days.  Then she got a generous sentence reduction for "good behavior" (I think she shared a cosmopolitan with someone at an MTV awards show)  I don't know about you guys, but I sure breathed a sign of relief when she walked into the Los Angeles Detention Facility to serve 23 days. 

Oh, I apologize for questioning our legal system and its equal treatment of the American people.  After all, she did experience a genuine trauma during that hour when she was allowed to make personal calls.  "She came out of her cell to make a phone call. She's not used to making collect calls and she needed help. A sergeant had to help her," the lawyer said, 

OMG! I can't imagine the hell this woman went through!  I guess the next time she's driving drunk and she runs down a group of your everyday working class slobs waiting for a bus, they'll be more than willing to understand why their lives have so much less value in this great land of "Liberty and justice for all."  ... or was that "all who can pay for it?"   Of course, folks, we already knew this, didn't we?

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Comments

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justxploringComment by justxploring - June 7, 2007, 1:31 pm
I wonder if Martha Stewart will be calling Paris for some tips?
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emilygComment by emilyg - June 7, 2007, 1:31 pm
Martha has good qualities. This Paris thingy has none.
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Comment by pacattack05 - June 7, 2007, 2:00 pm
They ran out of champagne at the jail house.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - June 7, 2007, 2:22 pm
I agree, Emily. Anyway, Martha served her time. She was just as famous and a lot richer too.
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SirMetroComment by SirMetro - June 7, 2007, 2:39 pm
My goodness, I just don't see what all the ruckus is about.
The news certainly doesn't come as a surprise. I am surprised she stayed this long. BTW folks, your forgetting, she did not go to jail for DUI, it was for repeated violation of parole. And ankle bracelets are pretty common standard these days for those considered "non-violent". I wonder if hers will be diamond studded and color matched to her daily clothing selection?
And sadly, yes, a deadly Drunk Driver is actually considered a "non-violent" person. They are also NOT held accountable for their actions. You know, it's generally the victim who is held accountable for the action of a drunk driver. Why it’s a shame the victim was taking their family somewhere nice or going straight home after a long day at work. Can't blame the Drunk, they are not accountable for their actions.
I believe in the concept of "innocent until proven guilty", I really do. But there are those occasions where I would actually understand if that Police Officer "thought" he saw the assailant reaching for what "appeared" to be a weapon as well.
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Rick GComment by Rick G - June 7, 2007, 5:31 pm
I'm tired of hearing about her and the rest of the new brat pack. She's obviously never had discipline in her life and they're still letting her get away with it. The jail time would have been a good reality check for her.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - June 8, 2007, 11:59 am
I agree , Rick. But she represents something more than a rich brat. Someone else who was caught drinking & driving and then didn't show up for scheduled parole meetings repeatedly would be in jail. I've never been in trouble with the police, but I do know someone who spent 3 months in jail for the same offense in Collier County, FL. He got time off for "good behavior" (it's called the jails are too crowded) but still was incarcerated for several weeks in a very noisy, crowded cell. I didn't want to write this, because then people automatically think I have friends who have records. (I just said "I know" - not that I hang around with this person) I disagree with Al Sharpton, because this isn't a Race issue. It just sends a very strong message that people with money get preferential treatment.

I disagree with Sir Metro. Yes, she did go to jail on violation of parole, but that was because she already was charged with wreckless driving and had her license suspended. Then she was driving around without a valid license. I mean, how many times can someone say "stick it" to the law and get away with it? To me, simply not showing up is much more of an offense than being caught in the first place. If I were careless enough to drive drunk and get stopped (and lucky that nobody was hurt) I would do everything in my power to make sure I followed the letter of the law afterward. She didn't think it applied to her.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - June 8, 2007, 4:01 pm
This is from the Associated Press:
Hilton's path to jail began Sept. 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.

Anyway, the only reason I posted is because of the "celebrity justice" - not because she's Paris Hiltonm Mel Gibson, or whoever is caught driving drunk. I think there is something emotionally wrong with this young woman. She went to an MTV awards show on her way to jail. She obviously doesn't live in the real world, loves too much publicity and attention, so the spotlight has blinded her judgment. She's a character right out of the TV show like "Law & Order."
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jarasanComment by jarasan - June 8, 2007, 6:59 pm
Back in jail are you happy now?
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justxploringComment by justxploring - June 9, 2007, 2:34 am
Not really, Jarasan. She's getting way too much publicity. She only had to spend a few weeks in a cell by herself. Now this has turned into a media circus. What has become of the news? First we're bombarded with headlines about Anna Nicole Smith and now Paris Hilton. I've lost respect for CNN and especially Larry King. There has to be more interesting subject matters. I guess I can always turn off my TV set or watch cartoons.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - June 9, 2007, 11:49 pm
I'm happy. The media frenzy is ridiculous. Everybody I talk to, even Nakita at the checkout says: She needs to be in the klinky. I have a fishing buddy, his son just got out, reduced time due to overcrowding. I think non-violent stuff should be kept out of jail. Anybody who hurts another needs to know there are severe consequences for their actions.

Violent repeat offenders should be the focus of law enforcement, not people smoking pot.

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