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Crying Paris Hilton hauled back to jail
Published: Friday June 8, 2007
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Los Angeles sheriff's deputies hauled a handcuffed celebrity socialite Paris Hilton back to court Friday following outrage that she was released after little more than 72 hours behind bars.

"Paris Hilton was taken from a courtroom screaming and crying Friday seconds after a judge ordered her returned to jail to serve out her entire 45-day sentence for a parole violation in a reckless driving case," Linda Deutsch reports for the Associated Press.

"It's not right!" the weeping Hilton shouted, according to the AP. "Mom!"

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer, who had specifically ordered "no electronic monitoring" for Hilton when he sentenced her to jail on May 4, ordered her back to his courtroom a day after she was freed and allowed to return home on house arrest.

Hilton, the multi-millionaire hotels heiress and star of the TV reality show "The Simple Life," was sent home to her luxury Hollywood house near Sunset Boulevard early Thursday after entering prison to start her 45-day sentence late Sunday.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, citing unspecified "medical reasons," had released her to house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet on her ankle.

But her release stunned prosecutors, who quickly filed a motion seeking to haul Hilton back behind bars to complete her sentence for violating probation by driving on a suspended license.

In court filings, prosecutors -- who said they learned about Hilton's release through the media -- accused the Sheriff's Department of violating the court order and called for it to explain why it should not be held in contempt.

"The decision whether or not Ms Hilton should be released early and placed on electronic monitoring should be made by judge Sauer, and not the Sheriff's Department," said Jeffrey Isaacs, chief of the City Attorney's Criminal Branch.

Hilton had reported to the Century Regional Detention Center late Sunday to serve her sentence shortly after a red-carpet appearance at the MTV Movie Awards.

Her early release triggered a wave of criticism from civil liberties groups denouncing the move as proof of double standards in the US justice system.

"One rule for the rich and famous and different rules for everyone else," said Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope.

Black civil rights leader Al Sharpton said: "This early release gives all of the appearances of economic and racial favoritism that is constantly cited by poor people and people of color."

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sheriff Lee Baca defended his department's decision to release Hilton.

"My message to those who don't like celebrities is that punishing celebrities more than the average American is not justice," Baca was quoted as saying.

"The problem here is that there is a medical issue and it isn't wise to keep a person in jail with her problem over an extended period of time and let the problem get worse," Baca said, refusing to describe the medical problem.

"In my opinion, justice is being served by the decision to have her serve her time at home. She would still be in the county jail if it were not for the medical advice," he said.

But City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said that Los Angeles jails were well-equipped to deal with the medical needs of inmates and the decision to release her was "puzzling."

"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," Delgadillo said.

The saga surrounding Hilton has sparked a media frenzy around one of the world's most photographed women, who is a A-list guest on the Hollywood party circuit.

She is mainly well-known for being rich and famous, and shot to international fame thanks largely to a sex tape of her and an-ex boyfriend which appeared on the Internet.

But she has also released a music album and appeared in films such as "House of Wax," "Pledge This," and the forthcoming "The Hottie and the Nottie."

(with wire reports)

Excerpts from AP report:


Hilton, who was brought to court in handcuffs in a sheriff's car, came into the courtroom disheveled and weeping. Her hair was askew and she wore a gray fuzzy sweatshirt over slacks. She wore no makeup and she cried throughout the hearing.

Her body also shook constantly as she dabbed at her eyes. Several times she turned to her parents who were seated behind her in the courtroom and mouthed the words, "I love you."

Many of Hilton's several dozen supporters outside the courthouse appeared devastated.

"No! No! No!" Jake Byrd of Chino screamed as a court spokesman delivered the news to reporters outside court.