Paris Hilton Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail
Posted on May 5, 2007In a shocking display of justice, a Los Angeles superior court judge sentenced Paris Hilton to 45 days in jail for violating the terms of her probation stemming from a DUI charge. Hilton must serve the time in the same facility where Michelle Rodriguez served only two hours of her term for violating her probation stemming from a DUI charge in Hawaii. Paris was nailed for driving with a suspended license. The judge didn't believe a word of her testimony that she didn't know her license was suspended, noting that there was a notice of the suspension signed by Paris herself in the glove box of her car.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer sternly rejected Hilton's story that she did not knowingly disobey the law by driving while her license was suspended and ordered the 26-year-old socialite to report to a county detention facility on June 5, or face 90 days in jail. Hilton wept and her mother, Kathy, yelled at the prosecutor, "You're pathetic," as the packed courtroom cleared.When the verdict was read out in court, Paris burst into tears and mama Hilton went nuts, screaming at the prosecutor. Meanwhile, Paris' lawyer says they will appeal. The judge says she has to do 45 days: no ankle bracelet at home, no work furlough, no alternative arrangements. Perhaps Ms. Hilton will realize that she has to follow the law, just like everyone else? Oh please, you know that's not going to happen.
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 Feb. 27. Hilton said she had relied on information conveyed to her by her publicist, Elliot Mintz, who she said told her that she was permitted to drive for work-related reasons after the first 30 days of her license suspension late last November.
But the judge said he disbelieved Hilton, declaring that the "smoking gun" in the case was a notice she had received from a police officer, and had signed, during an earlier 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."