Skip to comments.Why was Paris Hilton released? (Sheriff 'favoritism'???)
Posted on 06/11/2007 3:18:12 AM PDT by Aussie Dasher
PARIS Hilton's billionaire grandfather donated money to the election campaign of the sheriff who released the 26-year-old American hotel heiress from jail, it has been revealed.
The contribution from William Barron Hilton, 78, co-chairman of the Hilton Hotel chain, to Sheriff Lee Baca's re-election campaign is revealed in financial records.
A friend of the Hilton family said the temporary release of the heiress last week may have been a "quid pro quo".
"A member of her family has been a contributor to Baca's campaign and this may have been payback time," the friend said.
"Her entourage initially were confident she would be out of jail in a few days."
Mr Baca, who has faced heavy criticism for attempting to overrule the judge in the case, has in the past been accused of favouritism towards the Hollywood elite.
He was the officer who failed to report actor Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade after the star was arrested for drink-driving.
Gibson had filmed television advertisements for one of Sheriff Baca's pet causes - an education fund for policemen's children.
Celebrities including Sylvester Stallone and Dustin Hoffman have also backed Mr Baca's election campaigns since 1998.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...
Well, that would be a first in politics now wouldn't it?
Paris Hilton is a ditzy dingbat and a poor role-model for young girls BUT I don’t think she should be singled out for harsher treatment just because of her celebrity.
It seems that never before has anyone been sentenced to 45 days jail in CA for doing what Paris did.
I think 3 days would have been sufficient.
Or 100hrs of community service and perhaps a public service TV spot with her admonishing others to not be as stupid as she was and to avoid driving after drinking any amount of booze and not to violate conditions of parole.
She had a .08 alc level... that is not much I must say.
She weighs what? 100lb? ... that’d be like 1.5 beers.
Don’t ask Jake, it’s Chinatown.
Arguing that "probation is a privilege and not a right," Los Angeles prosecutors filed this motion to revoke Paris Hilton's probation stemming from her September 27, 2006 DUI charges. Hilton pleaded no contest in January 2007 to reckless driving charges stemming from the incident. A judge sentenced her to 3 years of probation, ordered her mandatory attendance at an alcohol education program, and that she pay fines of $1,500.
But according to prosecutors, Hilton violated at least three terms of her probation. First, she failed to enroll in an alcohol education course within 21 days of her sentencing.
Second, she had several traffic violations after receiving probation. On February 27, 2007, she was stopped by L.A. Sheriff Deputies for driving a new Bentley at 70 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. zone in darkness without her headlights on, and without a valid drivers license. Hiltons license had been suspended by California&rsquos; Department of Motor Vehicles in November 2006 for having an "Excessive Blood Alcohol Level.
Finally, prosecutors argued, Hilton failed to "obey all laws and orders of the Court," another condition of her probation.
On May 4, 2007, a judge sentenced Hilton to 45 days in jail for violating the terms of her probation.
VC 23582 Penalty enhancement for 23152 or 23153 while also driving 30 or more mph over the maximum, prima facie, or posted speed limit on a freeway, or 20 or more mph over the maximum prima facie, or posted speed limit on any other street or highway.
Penalty: Additional consecutive term of 60 days county jail, alcohol/drug treatment program.
SHE COULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN A MORE JAIL TIME, THAN WHAT SHE GOT!
BTW, Baca means fool or ass in Japanese, IIRC.
If we ignored her, she would go away.
FNC showed part of that this morning. LOL
please. had that been you or I, we’ed be in for a lot more than 45 days. This isn’t her first time. she was DUI, THEN she was stopped without a license, during which she claimed not to know that her license was suspended and had to sign an acknowledgment that she cannot drive, then she was picked up a THIRD time.
she isn’t being singled out for harsh treatment, mroe likely the reverse. See if your contributions to the local sharriff’s election fund can get you out of jail!
She should not be treated differently than anybody else.
and if .08 isn’t bad, then why is that the DUI standard across the nation? Impaired is impaired, DUI is DUI.
The sheriff is a scientologist. I had figured that was a factor, that soon we might expect to see Paris hanging out with Tom Cruise and Travolta.
You keep forgetting that the rules for the rich are different than the rules for the rest of us.
She doesnt have to obey the rules the rest of us do, she is free,white 21, and rich,add to that her arrogance and her entourage of brainless wannabees and what you see is what you get.
That is a hilarious video.
Much as I believe that Hilton deserved to do the time, maybe the Sheriff refused to get caught up in the hype? Supposedly the jail is overcrowded and people are being released early every day. Maybe he figured better her on the streets rather than someone more dangerous? One has to wonder what kind of people are getting out of jail just so they can keep Paris Hilton’s skanky ass in the slam.
They discussed the fact that the jail was NOT overcrowded, when she got released, last week on FNC. That's why the sheriff tried using a medical release instead of saying overcrowding was the cause.
I doubt that she is the ONLY one being jailed for a non violent crime, so it would seem that if they were going to release someone early it would be a person that had already done more time than her for their non violent crime.
Well it was either the money, or something else, maybe??? hmmmmmm???
Actually, she is 26.
She is lucky she didn't kill someone driving DWI or DUI. She should be thankful she was stopped and arrested before she hurt someone.
and with the Hilton Billions, I believe she would have no problem having a chauffeur on call 24/7/365 for future late night hijinx.
You really are piling on
Slow down, Baca San
No need to pile On
I'm glad I had a beauty queen
Sorry you never did
Baca San, Oh Baca San
Both are right up there with the report that Irving Schmuckbucket of East Fort Wayne color-coded the labels on the canned goods in his pantry in the summer of 1922.
She’s not in for her drinking. She’s in because she got back behind the wheel less than a week later when she was not supposed to be driving.
“why was paris hilton released?”
because she’s a part of the hollywood communist cadre which will govern us in the future.
It’s kind of funny - about once a month or so, the Chicago Sun-Times will do a story with pictures showing people leaving the courthouse after having their license revoked, hopping into their cars, and driving off.
When the media obsess over a celebrity slut, the media have lost all credibility and reason for existing.
Sheriff Baca should be removed from office and prosecuted for taking bribes.
Baka, with a ‘k’, is the Japanese word for foolish.
Baka na mono is idiot.
My late father and his fellow Marines and soldiers on Okinawa called the Japanese suicide planes “baka bombs” IIRC.
As I understand it, overcrowding is a problem with the men’s prison — not the women’s.
“quid pro quo”
Or a quid pro blow.
I always that he took a bad rap for that, myself.
I can’t speak for CA, but in Michigan she would have her probation terminated and most likely received 60 to 90 days. With good behavior she would be out in 50 to 75 days.
So in your view,if you are rich and famous you get to choose what laws you are going to obey and not,she choose to drive repeatly without a license while on probation!GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL DO NOT PASS GO!!!!!
Prosecute the sheriff for corruption. A year in prison would set a good example.
was the contribution made BEFORE the arrest?
The article excerpt is a bit vaugue by design. The newspapers write them this way to have the most impact when the “excerpt” pops up in a search engin.
She’s not being singled out. She’s not getting harsher treatment. And she wasn’t sentenced for DUI. She violated probation. TWICE. She’s never taken it seriously. She thinks she’s above the law which probably explains her over the top reaction. If she behaves herself she will do about 23 days. BFD.
She had a .08 alc level... that is not much I must say.
No, it's not a lot. Especially since the anti-alcohol nannies of MADD got the limits lowered. But she was swerving like crazy, so for her, she got busted with that small amount of booze. Being on other drugs at the same time accentuates the effect of alcohol.
She did NOT get sentenced to jail for drunk driving (pled down to 'reckless driving'), she got sentenced for her SECOND time driving on a suspended license, when she has more than enough money for lawyers to explain patiently that she should not do this. She also has more than enough money to hire a limo and a driver to whore around LA.
As for "harsh treatment", she is going to get her "good time" discount, as long as she does not assault fellow inmates or staff. She will spend the next two weeks until release drugged out of her mind, with her shrink coddling her every day. If she ever does get back into a real jail (I expect it before the end of this year, given her propensity to learn NOTHING from her misbehavior) the regular inmates are going to freak out! There are loads of them who don't have a team of lawyers, doctors, and even a sheriff bought and paid for!
According to the Babelfish translator at AltaVista, 'baca' translates to 'it gets worm-eaten'.
So what? Some rich people whose kids turn out to be spoiled brats have attorneys on retainer. In this case, they have the sheriff pre-bribed. We have no idea how many 'warnings' she got prior to actually getting busted, that the contributions bought and paid for.
Perhaps the office of sheriff should not be an elected one.
I think it is far more likely that the sheriff wanted to avoid the problems associated with having a hyper-elite-celebrity in his facility. Unless the Hilton parents contacted him privately and made an offer (which is possible), he probably wanted to avoid the headaches more than he wanted to fawn over one of the “beautiful people” and curry her favor.
Or maybe he wanted to avoid offending one of his contributors. He does seem to like those “gifts”.
I think you have it right. It has got to be an enormous extra taxpayer cost and effort to keep this brat locked up, to keep guards from sneaking in their digital cameras to get a money shot, to keep the news rats away from the front gates, to make sure the brat doesn’t do something stupid like cutting her wrists, etc. Sounds to me like the sheriff is one of the few sensible people involved in this mess, with the balls to do something sensible.
Good thing the judge handed him his hiney!
Oh yeah— it sure takes “balls” to capitulate to the tantrums of a spoiled brat. I guess that makes Hilton’s parents the “ballsiest” parents in the world. There are certainly “regular” inmates on suicide watch. If they can take those precautions with other prisoners, they can take them with her. If he didn’t like the trouble, he should have shipped off to the mental facility in the first place, not her home.
Doesn't wash... There is a a separate wing, called "the special needs" unit, for police officers,politicos, and celebrities, in the LA County lockup. This was where she was placed (rightly so, in my opinion, so don't get me wrong). While she was there, she had a cell to herself, so the issue was *not* overcrowding...
He did it all for the nookie.
The Jail is overcrowded...but dont let that stop ya.
TMZ has learned that Paris Hilton suffers from extreme Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and claustrophobia, and these conditions may have triggered the Sheriff’s decision to spring her from Lynwood Jail last week.
We’re told Hilton is taking Adderall for her ADD. Although our sources were not specific, we’re told Hilton was not receiving all of her medications at Lynwood. As a result, Hilton was having severe panic attacks in jail. There were times she was so debilitated, she could not push the panic button in her cell.
As for how she’s doing today, she’s depressed but not really crying. She has a pencil and a pad of paper and she’s spending her time writing down her thoughts. We’re also told she’s losing weight — although she’s no Nicole Richie.
Paris Hilton is a valuable asset to the US economy. Why destroy the asset to prove a point? A Pyrrhic victory at best. It would be like Ireland throwing Bono to 10 years in jail for smoking pot, if he did and was caught.
It takes balls to face the obvious feral mob intent on ripping the little girl apart.
Shoot....If I were that sheriff I’d want that mess out of my hair ASAP like yesterday!!!!
!. In a free and “small d” democratic society, sheriffs don’t make law enforcement decisions based on one’s worth to the U.S. economy. If we did, every violent gagnsta rapper in the country would have free reign.
2. Even if that were a reason, she’ll probably make more money and be a hotter commodity after her stint, than ever before. Hilton’s money-making ability is based solely on her status as publicity whore. When has she ever generated such media attention? And, for the record, I don’t have a problem with her making money off of this. If people are stupid if enough to pay for it, let them part with their money.
3. She is not a “little girl”. She is a grown woman and it is about time she started acting like one. When I was her age, I certainly wasn’t crying for my “mommy” to help me out of scrapes. On the contrary, I was “mommy”, kissing the scrapes of toddlers.
4. I hardly consider 3 weeks in a private cell, with meals, a private toilet and air conditioning to be “ripping” her apart. You might want to talk to “little girls” at Walter Reed about being “ripped apart.”
5. I does not take “balls” to let a rich, whiny, celebutante go. It takes a severe case of celebrity sycophancy and/or fill-my-campaign-coffersitis.