Archive for Friday, June 8, 2007

Hilton ordered back to court after release

June 8, 2007


— Paris Hilton's release from jail may be short-lived.

Hours after she was sent home under house arrest Thursday for an undisclosed medical condition, the judge who put her in jail for violating her reckless-driving probation ordered her into court to decide if she should go back behind bars.

Paris Hilton's home in the Hollywood Hills is shown in this aerial view. Hours after Hilton was sent home under house arrest Thursday, the judge who originally put her in jail ordered her back to court to determine whether she should be put back behind bars.

Paris Hilton's home in the Hollywood Hills is shown in this aerial view. Hours after Hilton was sent home under house arrest Thursday, the judge who originally put her in jail ordered her back to court to determine whether she should be put back behind bars.

Hilton must report to court at 9 a.m. today, Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini told The Associated Press.

"My understanding is she will be brought in in a sheriff's vehicle from her home," Parachini said.

The celebrity inmate was sent home from the Los Angeles County jail's Lynwood lockup shortly after 2 a.m. in a stunning change to her original 45-day sentence. She had reported to jail Sunday night after attending the MTV Movie Awards in a strapless designer dress.

She was ordered to finish her sentence under house arrest, meaning she could not leave her four-bedroom, three-bath home in the Hollywood Hills until next month.

City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo complained that he learned of her release the same way as almost everyone else - through news reports.

Then, late Thursday, he filed a petition questioning whether Sheriff Lee Baca should be held in contempt of court for releasing Hilton - and demanding that she be held in custody. Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer's decision to haul Hilton back to the courtroom came shortly after.

"It is the city attorney's position that the decision on whether or not Ms. Hilton should be released early and placed on electronic monitoring should be made by Judge Sauer and not the Sheriff's Department," said Jeffrey Isaacs of the city attorney's office.

Sauer himself had expressed his unhappiness with Hilton's release before Delgadillo asked him to return her to court. When he sentenced Hilton to jail last month, he ruled specifically that she could not serve her sentence at home under electronic monitoring.

Delgadillo's office indicated that it would argue that the Sheriff's Department violated Sauer's May 4 sentencing order.

As word spread earlier Thursday that the 26-year-old poster child for bad celebrity behavior was back home, radio helicopter pilots who normally report on traffic conditions were dispatched to hover over her house and describe it to morning commuters. Paparazzi photographers on the ground quickly assembled outside its gates.

Hilton herself kept a low profile, although late in the morning a man arrived outside her house with a supply of cupcakes he said she had instructed him to distribute to the media horde.

Her parents also arrived and briefly entered, then left, the home.

Shortly before noon, Hilton issued a statement through her attorney.

"I want to thank the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and staff of the Century Regional Detention Center for treating me fairly and professionally," she said. "I am going to serve the remaining 40 days of my sentence. I have learned a great deal from this ordeal and hope that others have learned from my mistakes."

In recent days, Hilton reportedly was visited by her psychiatrist to help deal with the trauma of confinement.

Rene Seidel of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services said he had "never heard of" an inmate being released from jail for a medical condition.

Inmates with a cold are sent to a jail clinic, he said, and the seriously ill go to the jail ward of the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.


Linda Endicott 10 years, 11 months ago

And I also heard that the "undisclosed medical condition" was a rash...just a rash.

Like they don't have baby powder or Desinex in jail?

She learned her lesson? Really? From what? Getting preferential treatment?

Ragingbear 10 years, 11 months ago

This article toned it down some. The DA in this case was absolutely livid, talking about getting the sheriff fired and all sorts of things. Apparently, the sheriff's department just decided to send her home, even though that is not up to them. The judge, nor the lawyer knew of her release until well after the fact. Some heads are going to roll.

I will also think it's funny when another inmate gives her a few swirlies in the jailhouse toilet.

Ragingbear 10 years, 11 months ago

Perhaps they were scared that the other inmates would catch her rash of Coochiess Funkitis?

Kontum1972 10 years, 11 months ago

the rash was her herpes infection..due to the stress...LoL

Confrontation 10 years, 11 months ago

You see, if she had just served her time, then she could have left jail and released a #1 song. It might have even been a rap song about serving hard time. You know, the hard 40 (days).

staff04 10 years, 11 months ago

Just curious, but is 45 days a normal sentence for a nonviolent probation violator? A friend in college violated probation for an alcohol offense...he got his probation stretched from 6 months to 1 year. Only had to do a weekend for the original offense. Just wondered. I KNOW she got preferential treatment once she went to jail, but I wanted to hear from someone who might know if the original sentence was within the norm?

Sigmund 10 years, 11 months ago

So Paris Hilton slipped out the back door of the pokey. Anyone know if the pokey has ever slipped out the back door of the Paris Hilton?

Laura Watkins 10 years, 11 months ago

^^greyheim, i saw that link and went to the tmz website. they have about 30 articles up on the outcome from today. it's literally a play-by-play account. sad and amazing at the same time.

Sigmund 10 years, 11 months ago

staff04, I don't know about LA but in Douglas County I think your friends experience is more common here. Jail space is expensive and to the extent possible Judges and DA's try to find less costly alternatives in there pursuit of jurisprudence.

ImpactWinter 10 years, 11 months ago

There are mentions that her treatment wasn't particularly unusual;

but since the Sheriff decided to let her go without counsel, LA county is going to make an example of the heiress. I'm not really sure how I feel on this, but It does seem a touch..excessive...

erod0723 10 years, 11 months ago

stuff like this kinda makes my day. Why don't they just do us all a favor and euthanize Paris Hilton?

Tom McCune 10 years, 11 months ago

Maybe it is "disproportionate" punishment, but for absurdly rich, out-of-control people like her, no fine or slap on the wrist will have any effect. (It hasn't so far.) Real deprivation of liberty is the only thing likely to get her attention and also to send a message her wanna-bes.

drewdun 10 years, 11 months ago

Paris Hilton back in jail?


denak 10 years, 11 months ago

lol obviously I am in the minority on this one, but I actually feel sorry for her a bit. Originally, I thought it was a bunch of nonsense when her original 45 day sentence got cut to 23 days and then when I first heard she got let out after only three days, I was pissed but to be dragged back into jail after being free is harsh. This kind of thing shouldn't happen to anyone.

GardenMomma 10 years, 11 months ago

Usually it is a mandatory 30 day sentence for PVs (Probation Violations). Why should she be treated any different from any other person who violates his/her probation?

  1. she got convicted of DUI and got a suspended license.
  2. she drove anyway and GOT CAUGHT!
  3. Do the crime, do the time.

jayhawkbarrister 10 years, 11 months ago

In Kansas a first time conviction of DUI carries a maximum 90 day Jail sentence of which 48 hours must be served.
In Kansas driving while suspended, when the suspension arises out of a DUI conviction, carries a mandatory 90 day jail sentence. And you have to do 90 days. Kansas Judges have no discretion. In Calyfornia, a DUI carries a range of sentences. Poor Paris got the lowest of the low -- probation with conditions. BUT she violated her probation by driving while suspended arising out of a conviction involving alcohol. The minimum jail sentence is 45 days for probation violation, which is what she got. The judge had the option of other sanctions, but he decided to send a message. The decision of which option is up to the local trial judge and it is not a reviewable by an appellate court.

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