Paris Hilton Backlash Begins
Paris Hilton went to jail to learn a valuable lesson, and boy, did she learn one - she can get away with just about anything. Citing a serious medical condition (as later confirmed "being on the verge of a nervous breakdown"), LA County Sheriff's Department reassigned Paris to house arrest. Shouldn't someone get into trouble for that?
Earlier today L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe said: "This incident with Paris Hilton is just the most recent that highlights the problems our criminal justice system has with making sure sentences stick, whether it is in a County jail or under electronic monitoring."
Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo then said to TMZ: "Today I was extremely troubled to learn that the Sheriff's Department has decided to release Ms. Hilton from custody just three days after she was admitted to county jail.
My office was not advised of this action. We learned of it this morning through news reports, just like everyone else. Had we been provided with the proper notification, we would have opposed the decision on legal grounds.
News reports indicate that the Sheriff's Department released Ms. Hilton to house arrest due to a medical condition. This explanation is puzzling. Los Angeles county jail medical facilities are well-equipped to deal with medical situations involving inmates.
If law enforcement officials are to enjoy the respect of those we are charged with protecting, we cannot tolerate a two-tiered jail system where the rich and powerful receive special treatment. We must ensure that in our city, in our nation, and under our Constitution, justice remains blind."
Meanwhile, Rev. Al Sharpton, the black civil rights campaigner said in a statement:
"This early release gives all of the appearances of economic and racial favouritism that is constantly cited by poor people and people of colour," he said.
"There are any number of cases of people who handle being incarcerated badly and even have health conditions that are not released."
Hilton, 26, was sent home with an electronic bracelet attached to her ankle to track her movements and was ordered confined to her luxurious Hollywood Hills house for 40 days.
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