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Paris forced to return to court to face uncompromising judge

Luffy | Friday, June 08, 2007 | 1comments
Paris Hilton is reportedly a free woman after spending just three days in jail

A Los Angeles County Sheriff's vehicle has arrived at Paris Hilton's home to take her to court.

Paris has been ordered to appear in court today after the judge who originally jailed her decided to get tough on the celebrity heiress.

According to US reports Paris Hilton's lawyer, Richard Hutton and the prosecutor Dan Jeffries have both arrived at court for the hearing.

Shamed Paris was originally due to make an impassioned telephone plea to a court in an effort to remain out of jail.

Despite being freed to widespread outrage, she has been told to return to court and may once again find herself behind bars.

Judge Michael Sauer was said to be angry that she was allowed home after just three days due to an unspecified "medical condition".

Her release into house arrest - leaving her to serve the remaining sentence at home - has caused mass controversy.

Protestors, including the sheriff's deputies union, members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, civil rights leaders and defence attorneys, claimed she was being treated favourably due to her celebrity status.

Today she was due to appear at a court hearing to beg to be allowed to remain in the comfort of her own home.
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Judge Michael Sauer ordered Hilton back to court after Los Angeles city attorney Rocky Delgadillo called for an inquiry into her release from the Century Regional Detention Facility.

Earlier, officials had decided that, because of an unspecified medical problem, the 26-year-old hotel heiress and socialite had struck a deal to serve 45 days under house arrest for driving while suspended.

Court papers filed by Mr Delgadillo state: "The Los Angeles Sheriff 's Department has acted in violation of such law and order by allowing Hilton to leave the Century Regional Detention Centre on electronic monitoring.

"This court should issue an order to show cause to the Los Angeles Sheriff 's Department regarding why it should not be held in contempt for violating this court's commitment order.”

The order says Hilton should be taken back to the jail to serve the rest of her sentence.

Hilton, who had spent 23 hours a day alone in her cell, tearfully phoning friends to complain about the food and her lack of sleep, was ordered to report to court later today.
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She was fitted with an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet and sent home early yesterday. Soon presents and flowers were being delivered to her four-bedroom home in the Hollywood Hills.

Hilton, who went to the detention centre amid much publicity on Sunday night after attending the MTV movie awards, refused to eat in jail and doctors and prison staff feared she could potentially suffer a nervous breakdown.

One prison source said: "Paris told the authorities she couldn't eat because she was so petrified. She told them she was terrified of being attacked and felt seriously depressed. She cried so much the authorities made sure doctors checked regularly upon her. It was decided to release Paris and put her under house arrest.”

After being released Paris was allowed to dump the standard issue orange prison jumpsuit. The only memento she retained from her brief spell behind bars is an extra item of jewellery - an electronic ankle bracelet to ensure she doesn't stray from her £3million mansion in the Hollywood Hills.

On her release Hilton released a statement thanking LA sheriff's department and the jail "for treating me fairly and professionally".

Critics blasted the "celebrity justice" and insisted she was only set free because she is famous.

Hilton, 26, was locked up for driving her Bentley without a licence, which was a violation of her probation terms for a drink-driving offence. At her sentencing, the judge insisted she should not receive any special treatment.

After three days inside, she was allowed to leave the Century Regional Centre in Lynwood in the early hours of yesterday following two visits from her Beverly Hills psychiatrist Dr Charles Sophy.

She was driven home by her lawyer after securing the agreement that she would remain under house arrest.

LA sheriff's department spokesman Steve Whitmore said Hilton was allowed to go home after "extensive consultations with medical personnel over three or four days".

He refused to reveal details, but Hilton - who had been in isolation for her own safety - had been heard crying hysterically on the prison payphone, complaining she hadn't been able to eat or sleep and that her 12ft x 8ft cell was "freezing cold".

One report suggested she had "cracked under the pressure of prison". Citing sources close to Hilton's family, the TV show Entertainment Tonight reported on its website that she had developed a rash on her body.
The heiress walked the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards just hours before entering prison

Los Angeles County detention facilities, like many jails around the U.S., are known to have problems controlling outbreaks of staphylococcus infections, which can cause rashes.

But Mr Whitmore said this was not an issue in Hilton's case.

He denied the socialite had been given special treatment, but equal rights campaigners claimed prison officials had been "played like a puppet on a string" by Hilton and her legal team.

Al Sharpton, firebrand civil rights leader, said: "There are any number of cases of people who handle being incarcerated badly and even have health conditions that are not released.

"This act smacks of the double standards that many of us raise."

Steve Remige, president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, said: "There appears to have been preferential treatment. On any given day, a thousand female inmates are in custody.

"Why is one case, out of the blue, treated any different to them?"

The ankle bracelet will alert police if Hilton tries to leave her home. If she does so without permission, she will be hauled back in front of the judge and her sentence will be doubled.
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1 comments:

Kesh said...

Well she deserves it :)

 
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