Her fiery screams and sizzling tears were not enough to melt the cold, cold heart of justice.
In a real-life drama that could easily be mistaken for scenes in a day-time soap, Paris Hilton was sent screaming and crying back to jail on Friday after a judge ruled that she must serve out her sentence behind bars rather than in the comfort of her Hollywood Hills home.
Paris Hilton is seen crying inside the police car taking her back to jail in Los Angeles.
“It’s not right!” shouted Hilton, who violated her probation in a reckless driving case. “Mom!” she cried out to her mother.
Hours earlier, the 26-year-old hotel heiress was taken handcuffed from her home in a black-and-white police car, paparazzi sprinting in pursuit and helicopters broadcasting live from above. She entered the courtroom disheveled and weeping, hair askew, without makeup, wearing a fuzzy gray sweat shirt over slacks.
She cried throughout the hearing, dabbing her eyes, and her body shook constantly. Several times she turned to her parents, seated behind her in the courtroom, and mouthed, “I love you.”
Hilton’s entire body trembled as the final verdict was made for her further incarceration. She clutched a ball of tissue and tears ran down her face.
Seconds later, the judge announced his decision: “The defendant is remanded to county jail to serve the remainder of her 45-day sentence. This order is forthwith.”
Eight deputies immediately ordered all spectators out of the courtroom. Hilton’s mother, Kathy, threw her arms around her husband, Rick, and sobbed uncontrollably.
Deputies escorted Hilton out of the room, holding each of her arms as she looked back.
Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer castigated Sheriff Lee Baca for the latter’s earlier decision to release Hilton three days into her sentence due to an unspecified “medical condition.”
“I at no time condoned the actions of the sheriff and at no time told him I approved the actions,” Sauer said. “At no time did I approve the defendant being released from custody to her home.”
Hilton’s attorney, Richard Hutton, implored the judge to order a hearing in his chambers to hear testimony about Hilton’s medical condition before making a decision. The judge did not respond to that suggestion.
Another of her attorneys, Steve Levine, said, “The sheriff has determined that because of her medical situation, (jail) is a dangerous place for her.”
Hilton’s twisted jailhouse saga began Sept. 7, when she failed a sobriety test after police saw her weaving down a street in her Mercedes-Benz on what she said was a late-night hamburger run.
She pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines. In the months that followed she was stopped twice while driving on a suspended license. The second stop landed her in Sauer’s courtroom.
What to do with poor, poor Paris? There should be a compromise that would not violate or demean the law but at the same time keep Paris from suffering from unnecessary emotional distress which could affect her wellbeing.
The law, no matter how harsh, would not want people to suffer needlessly.
So, any bright idea out there on what compromise need to be done in Paris’ case?
For me, well, since house arrest has been ruled out, may be allowing her most precious possession to join her in jail could alleviate her misery. So … let the doggie out of the house and into her prison cell!
Arf! Arf! Arf! See, the doggie is already excited to join the hotel heiress!