Originally Published: June 9, 2007 8:40 p.m.
It's like driving past a car accident. Most people slow down, not for the police and rescue crews, but to look. Seeing images on the news Friday of a bawling celebutant, Paris Hilton, was the same: Most people looked.
The 26-year-old hotel heiress was in a Los Angeles County jail this past week, then out, and now is back in again because of an alcohol-related reckless-driving case and probation violations.
Our response to this began with "ahww," but ended with "look at the little rich girl not getting her way." Her words in court - "It's not right!" the weeping Hilton shouted - lead The Daily Courier to that response.
She also whined to her mother for help. "Mom!" she called out to Kathy Hilton, who also was in tears.
What was "not right," according to the judge, was that the sheriff released her Thursday to home arrest based on her undisclosed "severe medical problems." This was after the judge ordered her to serve jail time without the possibility of "home electric monitoring."
Depending on what the court says Monday - her attorneys are filing an appeal - she could be in the jail or its medical ward anywhere from days to weeks.
However, what also is "not right" is her sentence. While we wish people with her resources and public appeal would spend their lives more productively, if the average Joe or Mary gets two to five days for similar crimes, why should Hilton get 45 days?
The other problem is Hilton likely will get nothing out of her jail time other than more publicity and hatred for the system. She'll probably come out believing she's above the law and her fans will embrace her even more.
Maybe that's why the judge did what he did.