Sharpton Gone Crazy

    The Rev. Al Sharpton denounced Paris Hilton’s release from jail on Thursday, saying it had “all of the appearances of economic and racial favoritism.”

    “I think that it’s both another glaring display of how race and money seem to get different treatments. There seems to be a different criminal justice system for some than others,” Sharpton said.

    After only three days behind bars, Hilton traded her 12-by-8-foot cell for her 2,700-square-foot Hollywood Hills home because of an unspecified medical condition.

    Hilton was to be under home confinement, wearing an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet, for the remaining 40 days of her sentence for violating probation in a reckless driving case.

    Although Sharpton said he has “nothing but empathy for Ms. Hilton,” he doubted similar treatment would be offered to minorities or poor people.

    “There are any number of cases of people who handled being incarcerated badly and even have health conditions that are not released,” Sharpton said.

    “But I think that it gives a very bad signal when Ms. Hilton is treated any differently than any other parole violator in their county or in this country.”

    No details were available on the nature of Hilton’s medical condition. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore refused to answer questions about whether it was physical or psychological.

    ledger-enquirer.com

    Posted: June 7th, 2007
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    Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo Just Doesn’t Get It

    Another official is blasting the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department over the decision to reassign Paris Hilton to house arrest.

    In a statement to TMZ, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said:

    “Today I was extremely troubled to learn that the Sheriff’s Department has decided to release Ms. Hilton from custody just three days after she was admitted to county jail.

    My office was not advised of this action. We learned of it this morning through news reports, just like everyone else. Had we been provided with the proper notification, we would have opposed the decision on legal grounds.

    News reports indicate that the Sheriff’s Department released Ms. Hilton to house arrest due to a medical condition. This explanation is puzzling. Los Angeles county jail medical facilities are well-equipped to deal with medical situations involving inmates.

    I am also concerned that the judicial process may have been improperly circumvented in this case. Ms. Hilton was incarcerated as a condition of her probation. As a result, the judge retained jurisdiction over her case and only the judge has the power to modify these conditions of probation. If Ms. Hilton’s medical condition truly warranted a change in her circumstances, what should have happened is the following: Ms. Hilton’s legal counsel should have filed an emergency application with the court and provided my office with the opportunity to respond, and then the court could have held a hearing on the matter to consider whether there was sufficient justification to change the terms of his original order.

    I have directed my criminal branch to immediately explore all possible legal options to ensure that the law is being applied equally and justly in this case.

    If law enforcement officials are to enjoy the respect of those we are charged with protecting, we cannot tolerate a two-tiered jail system where the rich and powerful receive special treatment. We must ensure that in our city, in our nation, and under our Constitution, justice remains blind.

    TMZ

    “If law enforcement officials are to enjoy the respect of those we are charged with protecting, we cannot tolerate a two-tiered jail system where the rich and powerful receive special treatment. We must ensure that in our city, in our nation, and under our Constitution, justice remains blind.”

    = BALONEY! Paris hasn’t even received special treatement since the beginning, and you haven’t fooled any fan. In fact, House Arrest is the punishement Paris should have gotten in the first place, hater!

    Posted: June 7th, 2007
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    The Evil Monster Was Not Involved In Releasing Paris Hilton From Jail

    The decision to move Paris Hilton to house arrest was made entirely by the L.A. Sheriff’s Department.

    TMZ has confirmed that Judge Michael T. Sauer was informed of the Sheriff’s decision before Hilton was reassigned to house arrest, but the Judge only responded by reaffirming the terms he imposed on May 4.

    We spoke to Allan Parachini, Public Information Officer for the Los Angeles County Courts, who advises that “All decisions on incarceration are made by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department once a sentence is imposed.”

    So don’t tell it to the judge.

    Posted: June 7th, 2007
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    Nicole Richie Talks About Simple Life 5 And Paris Hilton With David Letterman

    The beginning of this interview is about Simple Life 5 and Paris Hilton’s jail time. I think it was aired last night!


    Nic
    Uploaded by ParisHiltonSite

    Posted: June 7th, 2007
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    It’s A Media Circus Outside Paris Hilton’s House

    On narrow Kings Road in the Hollywood Hills, about 40 paparazzi and entertainment journalists trained their sights on Paris Hilton’s house.

    Neighbors cautiously drove through the crowds that blocked the winding street. Trash trucks had to wait for police to clear driveways while irate residents chided journalists for leaning against the gates.

    It was all part of the fallout from Hilton’s early release from jail and confinement to her home for 40 days.

    Watching the action were three bemused Danish tourists who were and laughing and wondering what all the fuss was about. Anders Garder, 32, said, “One word I would say: ‘Why?’ ”

    The most exciting moment was about 10:30 a.m. when a Mrs. Beasley’s Gourmet Cupcakes van pulled up and Anthony Crisafulli delivered three containers of the treats to the house.

    “She hasn’t eaten well while she’s been away,” Crisafulli said, noting that Hilton had called the Beverly Hills store this morning. She is a regular customer, he said, noting her favorite cupcakes are strawberry and mocha.

    Reporters from CNN, E! Entertainment, “Access Hollywood” and “Inside Edition” were among those staking out the multilevel, Spanish-style house with black wrought iron gates. Two crossed U.S. flags hung in front with a big yellow ribbon in the middle.

    Around noon, a delivery man wheeled in six cases of Party Animal organic gourmet dog food, topped by an extravagant fruit basket.

    latimes.com

    Posted: June 7th, 2007
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    What Are The Reactions To Paris Hilton’s Early Release?

    The last quote speaks the truth. Period.

    Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton was released after three days in a Los Angeles jail on Thursday to serve 40 days house arrest, prompting reactions ranging from glee to accusations of favoritism.

    Following are some comments on Hilton’s release:

    PARIS HILTON;

    “I want to thank the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and staff of the Century Regional Detention Center for treating me fairly and professionally. I am going to serve the remaining 40 days of my sentence. I have learned a great deal from this ordeal and hope that others have learned from my mistakes.”

    AL SHARPTON, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER;

    “This early release gives all of the appearances of economic and racial favoritism that is constantly cited by poor people and people of color. 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.”

    SATIRIST DAVE SEAMAN, http://freeparis.shutterline.com

    “The liberation movement is simply thrilled with the news! This is a triumph for grass-roots civic action.”

    STEVE REMIGE, PRESIDENT OF THE ASSOCIATION OF LOS ANGELES DEPUTY SHERIFFS.

    “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 than them?”

    STEVE WHITMORE, LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN;

    “It is not an early release; it is a reassignment. … It doesn’t matter how we look. We just hopefully do our job and do it professionally, with a sense of humanity.”

    E. CHRISTOPHER MURRAY, NEW YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES LAWYER

    “Sentencing Paris to jail for an extended period of time was an example of a celebrity being treated more harshly than an average person. … Allowing her to be subject to house arrest is appropriate punishment, and should have been implemented earlier.”

    Posted: June 7th, 2007
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    Fans Celebrate Paris Hilton’s “Freedom”

    As the world waits breathlessly for Paris Hilton’s big return from her twenty-three three day stay at the Lynwood Hilton, a few of the heiress’ allies are already turning out in a big show of support. One of our photographers, for instance, happened to notice Janice Dickinson waving to him at an intersection just a few minutes ago – as soon as the world’s first supermodel successfully flagged him down, she started jubilantly screaming about Paris’ newly-secured freedom. But Janice’s show of support didn’t hold a candle to the proprietor of Mrs. Beasley’s Cupcakes, who thoughtfully sent up a big batch of their signature confections to their favorite client. Unfortunately, their gift was turned away by Paris’ handlers – but it’s still a sweet gesture!

    But if you really want to meet someone happy to see Paris set free, check out this email we got from Paris superfan Joshua D.S. Morales, author of the first petition calling for clemency for the heiress:

    I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome Paris Hilton back to society and tell her that all her fans and supporters are relieved and ecstatic that she is out. She has served her time for her mistake. This is a wonderful day in our country’s great history and I am happy to be a part of it. The petition that I created, although seemingly unsuccessful, collected over 30,000 signatures and shows that Ms. Hilton has the love and support of fans worldwide. Welcome back, Paris. We missed you!

    -Joshua D.S. Morales

    How’s that for happiness?

    Posted: June 7th, 2007
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