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Paris Hilton Going Back to Jail


By LINDA DEUTSCH
AP Special Correspondent
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Paris Hilton was sent screaming and crying
back to jail Friday after a judge ruled that she must serve out her
sentence behind bars rather than in the comfort of her Hollywood
Hills home.
"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 was taken to a treatment center at the downtown Twin
Towers jail for medical and psychiatric examination to determine
which facility she will be held in, said sheriff's spokesman Steve
Whitmore.
"She'll be there for at least a couple of days," he said.
Despite being ordered to serve the remainder of her original
45-day sentence, Hilton could still be released early. Inmates are
given a day off their terms for every four days of good behavior,
and her days in home detention counted as time served.
Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer was calm but apparently
irked by Sheriff Lee Baca's 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."
The hearing was requested by the city attorney's office, which
had prosecuted Hilton and wanted Baca held in contempt for
releasing Hilton despite Sauer's express order that she must serve
her time in jail. The judge took no action on the contempt request.
A member of the county counsel's staff said Baca was willing to
come to court with medical personnel. The judge did not take him up
on the offer.
Assistant City Attorney Dan F. Jeffries argued that Hilton's
incarceration was purely up to the judge. "Her release after only
three days erodes confidence in the judicial system," he said.
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."
"The court's role here is to let the Sheriff's Department run
the jail," he said.
The judge interrupted several times to say that he had received
a call last Wednesday from an undersheriff informing him that
Hilton had a medical condition and that he would submit papers to
the judge to consider. He said the papers never arrived.
Every few minutes, the judge would interrupt proceedings, state
the time on the clock, and note that the papers still had not
arrived.
He also noted that he had heard that a private psychiatrist
visited Hilton in jail, and he wondered if that person played a
role in deciding her medical needs.
The last attorney to speak was another deputy city attorney,
David Bozanich, who declared, "This is a simple case. There was a
court. The Sheriff's Department chose to violate that order. There
is no ambiguity."

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.
Back before Sauer on Friday, Hilton's entire body trembled as
the final pitch 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."
Hilton screamed.
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.
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Associated Press Writer John Rogers in Los Angeles contributed
to the report.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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