Friday, June 8, 2007

Will Paris Go Back To Jail?

A day after Paris Hilton was reassigned to house arrest, prosecutors will ask a court to force her back behind bars. Paris will not be required to appear for a 9:00 a.m. teleconference hearing on today (Friday), where Judge Michael T. Sauer (the judge who initially sentenced her to 45 days in jail) will preside. The last-minute hearing was requested by Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who will ask the court to order the Sheriff's Department to return Paris to jail. Prosecutors have also asked the court to force the Sheriff's Department to explain why it should not be held in contempt of court for allegedly violating Judge Sauer's original May 4 sentence, which forbade electronic home monitoring. Sheriff Lee Baca told the L.A. Times, "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. In my opinion, justice is being served by the decision to have her serve her time at home." Earlier on Thursday, the L.A. Superior Court clarified that Judge Sauer did not authorize Paris' release from jail.

On Thursday morning, shortly after Paris’ reassignment was announced, Delgadillo, whose department handled Paris’ probation violation case, blasted the Sheriff's Department's decision. "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," Delgadillo said in a statement Thursday. He continued to say, "Had we been provided with the proper notification, we would have opposed the decision on legal grounds." Delgadillo also added that he found the release on medical grounds "puzzling" since he says L.A. County jails are "well-equipped" to deal with inmate medical situations. "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 concluded. "We must ensure that in our city, in our nation, and under our Constitution, justice remains blind."


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