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Saturday, May 5, 2007

Reality, Meet Paris. Paris... Meet Reality

She was late; fifteen minutes late. Now the party is delayed for forty-five days. Paris Hilton is going to jail, just like you or I would for the same offense.

When I read the news I stopped, closed my eyes, and searched my heart and soul for any bit of sympathy for the hotel heiress. I couldn't find any. I don't feel sorry for her in the least. Her mother, Kathy Hilton said "this is pathetic and disgusting, a waste of taxpayer money with all this nonsense. This is a joke..." Well it's definitely amusing Kath, but it's not a joke, it's justice meted out as intended: equally.

In what may have been the only true argument presented by the defense, Paris' lawyer called her a person with "unique issues and needs." How did Paris explain her behavior? She blamed her "handlers" saying "I just sign what people tell me to sign. I'm a very busy person." I still don't know what her ex-boyfriends and releases to appear in their videos have to do with this; and when did "busy" become a euphemism for stupid spoiled whore?

Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer wasn't buying any of it, saying "She disregarded everything and continued to drive..." In an unusually fair and lucid decision for Southern California, Judge Sauer ruled that Hilton would receive no special treatment and would serve her full 45 day sentence. She will serve in the regular county jail, not a special facility, she will not be released early due to overcrowding, and she will not be eligible for work release, furlough, or electronic monitoring. I expect Judge Sauer to be impeached in short order. He's too egalitarian for Los Angeles.

I don't want to gloat in Paris' misfortune, and forgive me if that's what I seem to be doing, but I do find it heartening that she wasn't allowed to skate. Maybe it means that not everyone in our culture is blinded by celebrity - whether it be fame or infamy. Paris is going to appeal the sentence of course, so it may be a while before she slips into her Vera Wang orange jumpsuit and Manolo Blahnik shower flip-flops. Hopefully she won't be able to find a judge that will overturn the lower court ruling, because that would be pathetic and disgusting.

4 comments:

airforcewife 5/06/2007 08:34:00 AM  

Good call. I can't figure out why there are so many star struck people in power, but the evidence is vast in showing the favoritism.

I do have to say that I'm surprised Paris ever even bothered to take the test and get a driver's license in the first place.

N. 5/08/2007 03:07:00 AM  

I hope she comes out of prison with LOVE tattooed on one set of knuckles and HATE on the other. That's hott. Maybe there will be a new sex tape? (Shudder)

Laura 5/08/2007 02:33:00 PM  

And now...brace yourselves...UPDATE!! I heard on Fox News this AM that she is planning on asking Schwarzenegger for a PARDON!!!! The arrogance continues to blow the mind!!

Hi, Kevin, AFW et al!

It's been awhile!

Shawmut 5/09/2007 11:51:00 AM  

Having spent more than a few years as an Admin. Law Judge, License Appeals Board, I can only applaud the judge's decision. Leniency by authorities only contributes to further contempt of the law. In this case we have two factors. Her violations fit in one. Her open contempt of the sanctions fit into the other. Traffic violations, we can all commit. Egregious contempt for the standards to which we're all subject only because of celebrity is pathetic. Using sanctions to make an example of one person is usually considered wrong. But to impose a sanction for the sake of enhancing respect for the law is quite fitting.
Here's a case for the "Doe Family".
Confine her as one of them, the anonymity might serve her just as well. Remember who chose the venue here. She did.
BTW: One does not solicit legal advice from one's publicist. Unless, of course one's public persona trumps one's legal standing.

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