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Why was Paris Hilton released? (Sheriff 'favoritism'???)
Herald Sun ^ | 11 June 2007

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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: chatroom; crookedcop; jail; parishilton; released
It's the Hollywood way...
1 posted on 06/11/2007 3:18:15 AM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher
"A member of her family has been a contributor to Baca's campaign and this may have been payback time," the friend said.

Well, that would be a first in politics now wouldn't it?

2 posted on 06/11/2007 3:25:35 AM PDT by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: Aussie Dasher

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.


3 posted on 06/11/2007 3:29:45 AM PDT by Bobalu (I guess I done see'd that varmint for the last time....)
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Don’t ask Jake, it’s Chinatown.


4 posted on 06/11/2007 3:35:41 AM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: Bobalu
Prosecutors’ Motion To Revoke Paris Hilton’s Probation People of the State of Calif. v. Paris Whitney Hilton April 30, 2007

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 driver’s license. Hilton’s 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.

http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/ent/cahilton43007mot.html

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!

5 posted on 06/11/2007 3:36:04 AM PDT by Netizen (If we can't locate/deport illegals, how will we get them to come forward to pay their $3,250 fines?)
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To: Aussie Dasher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6AUnwUIPT8


6 posted on 06/11/2007 3:38:13 AM PDT by TornadoAlley3 (The American Indians found out what happens when you don't control immigration.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

BTW, Baca means fool or ass in Japanese, IIRC.


7 posted on 06/11/2007 3:39:00 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: Aussie Dasher

If we ignored her, she would go away.


8 posted on 06/11/2007 3:39:32 AM PDT by saveliberty (Prayer blizzard for Tony and Jill Snow and their family.)
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To: TornadoAlley3
That's HOT! ;)

FNC showed part of that this morning. LOL

9 posted on 06/11/2007 3:43:19 AM PDT by Netizen (If we can't locate/deport illegals, how will we get them to come forward to pay their $3,250 fines?)
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To: Bobalu

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.


10 posted on 06/11/2007 3:45:01 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Aussie Dasher

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.


11 posted on 06/11/2007 3:50:01 AM PDT by tlb
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To: camle

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.


12 posted on 06/11/2007 3:53:45 AM PDT by sgtbono2002 (I'm gonna vote for Fred. John Bolton for VP.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

That is a hilarious video.


13 posted on 06/11/2007 3:56:14 AM PDT by RobFromGa (FDT/TBD in 2008!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

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.


14 posted on 06/11/2007 3:57:03 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: Non-Sequitur
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.

15 posted on 06/11/2007 4:00:43 AM PDT by Netizen (If we can't locate/deport illegals, how will we get them to come forward to pay their $3,250 fines?)
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To: yankeedame

Well it was either the money, or something else, maybe??? hmmmmmm???


16 posted on 06/11/2007 4:03:14 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: sgtbono2002

Actually, she is 26.


17 posted on 06/11/2007 4:06:35 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Forget the fence....Build a wall from the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico.)
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She is a totally useless, poor little rich girl slut, for whom I have no sympathy.

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.

18 posted on 06/11/2007 4:12:28 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Baca means fool or ass in Japanese

Baca-San

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

19 posted on 06/11/2007 4:14:03 AM PDT by at bay ("We actually did an evil....." Eric Schmidt, CEO Google)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Who cares? Paris Hilton is the biggest non-news item to dominate cable and TV networks since the Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell spat.

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.

20 posted on 06/11/2007 4:19:08 AM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: Bobalu

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.


21 posted on 06/11/2007 4:58:45 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

“why was paris hilton released?”

because she’s a part of the hollywood communist cadre which will govern us in the future.


22 posted on 06/11/2007 5:03:17 AM PDT by ripley
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To: theDentist

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.


23 posted on 06/11/2007 5:05:12 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Bobalu

When the media obsess over a celebrity slut, the media have lost all credibility and reason for existing.


24 posted on 06/11/2007 5:05:26 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Media: in love with celebrity sluts)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Sheriff Baca should be removed from office and prosecuted for taking bribes.


25 posted on 06/11/2007 5:34:58 AM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Baka, with a ‘k’, is the Japanese word for foolish.
Baka na mono is idiot.


26 posted on 06/11/2007 5:37:38 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: ArtDodger

My late father and his fellow Marines and soldiers on Okinawa called the Japanese suicide planes “baka bombs” IIRC.


27 posted on 06/11/2007 5:39:08 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Fred Thompson/John Bolton 2008)
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To: Non-Sequitur

As I understand it, overcrowding is a problem with the men’s prison — not the women’s.


28 posted on 06/11/2007 5:41:14 AM PDT by soccermom
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To: Aussie Dasher

“quid pro quo”

Or a quid pro blow.


29 posted on 06/11/2007 5:42:19 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: R.W.Ratikal
Irving Schmuckbucket of East Fort Wayne color-coded the labels on the canned goods in his pantry in the summer of 1922.

I always that he took a bad rap for that, myself.

30 posted on 06/11/2007 5:44:15 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (Duncan Hunter 2008 (or Fred Thompson if he ever makes up his mind))
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To: Bobalu

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.


31 posted on 06/11/2007 5:47:36 AM PDT by CharacterCounts
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To: GoldenPup
“Sheriff Baca should be removed from office and prosecuted for taking bribes.”
Thank God, someone with a brain. I’m from Chicago and nearly sixty and an honest businessman. I’ve had to pay off cops all my life! This is plain and simple. A large bribe was paid and that’s it!!!
32 posted on 06/11/2007 5:52:08 AM PDT by JLGALT (Don't put down Muslims. They're just like everyone else - if everyone else is a mass murderer!)
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To: Bobalu

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!!!!!


33 posted on 06/11/2007 6:33:10 AM PDT by Antique Gal (Antique Gal)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Prosecute the sheriff for corruption. A year in prison would set a good example.


34 posted on 06/11/2007 6:37:50 AM PDT by George W. Bush (Rudi & McVain: tough on terror, scared of Iowa)
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To: Aussie Dasher

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.


35 posted on 06/11/2007 6:41:53 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Bobalu

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.


36 posted on 06/11/2007 6:47:31 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: Bobalu
It seems that never before has anyone been sentenced to 45 days jail in CA for doing what Paris did.

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!

37 posted on 06/11/2007 6:49:35 AM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
BTW, Baca means fool or ass in Japanese, IIRC

According to the Babelfish translator at AltaVista, 'baca' translates to 'it gets worm-eaten'.

38 posted on 06/11/2007 6:53:52 AM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: longtermmemmory
was the contribution made BEFORE the arrest?

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.

39 posted on 06/11/2007 6:59:19 AM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

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.


40 posted on 06/11/2007 7:02:47 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: Teacher317

Or maybe he wanted to avoid offending one of his contributors. He does seem to like those “gifts”.


41 posted on 06/11/2007 7:15:24 AM PDT by Sue Perkick (And I hope that what Iíve done here today doesnít force you to have a negative opinion of meÖ.)
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To: Teacher317

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.


42 posted on 06/11/2007 7:31:20 AM PDT by GregoryFul (how'd that get there?)
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To: Teacher317
I think it was both. They reminded him who contributed to his election, and they threatened him with a resource-consuming lawsuit, or at least a hint of it. He folded like a cheap lawn chair.

Good thing the judge handed him his hiney!

43 posted on 06/11/2007 8:58:33 AM PDT by hunter112 (Change will happen when very good men are forced to do very bad things.)
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To: GregoryFul

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.


44 posted on 06/11/2007 9:15:20 AM PDT by soccermom
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To: Non-Sequitur
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?

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...

the infowarrior

45 posted on 06/11/2007 11:07:24 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: Aussie Dasher

He did it all for the nookie.


46 posted on 06/11/2007 11:08:01 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Aussie Dasher; lainie

The Jail is overcrowded...but dont let that stop ya.

the latest

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.


47 posted on 06/11/2007 2:56:30 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: soccermom

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.


48 posted on 06/14/2007 3:38:08 AM PDT by GregoryFul (how'd that get there?)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Shoot....If I were that sheriff I’d want that mess out of my hair ASAP like yesterday!!!!


49 posted on 06/14/2007 3:46:12 AM PDT by mo
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To: GregoryFul

!. 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.


50 posted on 06/14/2007 6:22:33 AM PDT by soccermom
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