Hilton: ‘Ready to Face the Consequences’

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: May 9, 2007
Filed at 10:37 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five days after she was sentenced to jail, Paris Hilton says she understands the seriousness of driving under the influence and that she is not ”above the law.”

”I am ready to face the consequences of violating probation,” Hilton said in a statement released Wednesday by her new attorney, DUI specialist Richard Hutton. ”I do not expect to be treated better than anyone else who violated probation. However, my hope is that I will not be treated worse.”

The 26-year-old socialite was represented by attorney Howard Weitzman during her probation-violation hearing Friday. A receptionist at Hutton’s Pasadena office declined to say when Hilton retained his services.

Hutton did not return repeated calls for comment.

Hilton said she released the statement because ”I feel the need to correct what I believe are misperceptions about me.” (*Oh my gosh, and why would she think that*)

”I absolutely realize how serious driving under the influence is,” she said. ”I could not live with myself if anyone was injured or killed while I was driving while impaired. Clearly, no one should — no matter how slightly.”

The notorious party girl, who parlayed her pampered lifestyle into a reality TV show and a pop CD, was sentenced to 45 days in county jail for violating the terms of her probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. A judge ordered her to report to the women’s jail in suburban Lynwood by June 5, adding that she will not be allowed any work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail or electronic monitoring instead of time behind bars. (*Maybe she’ll spend that time learning how to read, especially citations so she won’t have to depend on someone else. I think at 26, that is a good age to know how to read even if you aren’t rich.*)

Hilton’s original legal team, headed by Weitzman, filed a notice with the court on Friday indicating their intent to appeal the decision.

Information source: nytimes.com

Paris Hilton Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail (do you think she will choose to upgrade her jail cell?)

For some reason “celebrities” think they are above the law and it doesn’t apply to them and when they are sentenced they cry they are being picked on because of who they are.  Oh, that’s right, a set of laws for us peasants and one for celebs, how ignorant could I be? 

I’m at the age that I remember the “Kennedy – Chappaquiddick” incident” which proved back then and continues to this day, it is who you are and who you know as to how the law looks at you. 

By REUTERS
Published: May 5, 2007
Filed at 1:50 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge sentenced a shocked and tearful Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail on Friday, ruling that the hotel heiress violated her probation for a previous traffic offense by knowingly driving without a valid license.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer rejected Hilton’s defense that she didn’t realize her license was suspended and ordered the 26-year-old socialite to report to a county detention facility on June 5.

Hilton wept and her mother, Kathy, yelled at the prosecutor, “You’re pathetic,” as the packed courtroom cleared. (*Oh my, such harsh words from a rich bitch*)

The stunning decision capped a two-hour hearing in which prosecutors argued that Hilton was thumbing her nose at the court and seeking to be placed above the law, while defense lawyers said she was being singled out for harsh treatment because of her celebrity.

Taking the witness stand in her own defense, the star of the reality TV show “The Simple Life” testified that she was unaware her driving privileges had been completely suspended at the time police stopped her and impounded her car on February 27.

Hilton said her publicist, Elliot Mintz, had told her she was permitted to drive for work-related reasons after the first 30 days of her license suspension late last November, and that she relied on what he had said. (*that’s right, she can’t use her own head*)

But the judge said he did not believe Hilton, pointing to a notice she had received from a police officer, and had signed, during another traffic stop in January.

He said Hilton had “completely ignored” that notice, which she had carried in her glove box for weeks, and another license suspension notice sent to her office address by the Department of Motor Vehicles that Hilton said she never saw.

“In my opinion, there’s not doubt that she knew that her license had been suspended,” the judge said. “She doesn’t look at her mail, her personal assistant never goes through it either. … I think she just wanted to disregard everything that was said and continued to drive no matter what.”

“I’M SORRY”

In a final statement before she was sentenced, Hilton, dressed in a gray waist jacket, white blouse and black pants, her blond hair tied back in a pony tail, stood before the judge and denied that she had sought to flout the law.

“I did what I was told. I would never drive just because I want to. I follow the law and I respect the law. From now on I want to pay complete attention to everything,” (*Well good for her, at age 26 she should be able to pay attention to something besides herself*) she said. “I just want to say I’m sorry.”

But the judge was unmoved. (*Good for him*)

“Probation is revoked — 45 days in jail,” he declared.

Hilton’s lawyer, Howard Weitzman, said he would appeal “to modify the sentence.”

“It is clear that she has been selectively targeted for prosecution for who she is,” he said outside the courthouse.

Hilton was sentenced in January to three years on probation and ordered into an alcohol-education program for pleading no contest — the equivalent of a guilty plea — to alcohol-related reckless driving after a September 2006 arrest.

In February, she was pulled over again for driving without headlights. Police impounded her car, a $190,000 blue Bentley, when they discovered she was driving on a suspended license.

Hilton recently finished taping episodes for a fifth season of “The Simple Life,” which returns to the airwaves later this month.

I do think you have to blame her parents for the way they have allowed her to conduct herself.  As much as I hate “The Donald” he and his wife, or maybe it was his wife, did raise their kids to become diginified citizens.  A far cry from the Hiltons.

*indicates my interjections

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