You May Note How Unusual

It is for Amy to go within 100 miles of a "Paris Hilton" thought, let alone blog post, but this is one of those rare moments where it could be any spoiled rich darling, and the feeding of the celebrity beast doesn't quite enter into it so much, and, frankly, I find this fascinating.

"It's not right!" shouted Hilton, who violated her parole in a reckless driving case. "Mom!" she called out to her mother in the audience

How many poor, unknown, average ordinary people have been wrongly convicted of everything from theft to murder, and found themselves the unfortunate player in this scene?

Yet this case was not to convict -- this was just to see that the sentence was executed properly. While a poor, unknown (etc.) person is going to do her time and consider herself lucky if her good behavior is noticed and merits a slightly early release, this spoiled rich darling got out after just a few days.

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.

Money is power. Yes, jail is tough on your psyche. And if you have a psychological "condition" (selfishness? megalomania? inability to cope with the presence of one's self?) even more so. That (considering that we don't flog or burn people) is the point. Jail is mental suffering. And considering the especially gentle jails provided to the rich, much like childhood's "time out." But how many convicts get to create this much trouble? Garner this much attention and care? This is in part the celebrity beast I am so fearful of feeding, but in larger part - much larger part, I would argue - this is just money-as-usual.

Money is power: is she wasn't famous, she would probably be home right now. But as the City Attorney pointed out:

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.
Public confidence. Because the public is looking. Because she is famous. And all we smelly masses know for a fact that were it us we would not even be granted the momentary circus, that were it us, we would find our wimpy whiny pleas met with a swift kick - if not from the guard than from a hardened cell-mate.

So in her own, sick, twisted way, the spoiled rich darling is right. It's not fair. Her celebrity has turned on her and prevented her from enjoying her birthright as a member of America's overclass: she's supposed to get away with everything, even murder, but especially something as minor as this.

And if it hadn't been for that grainy green porn video all those years ago, and the sloppy celebrity that followed, she would have.

Read, fellow plebs, and enjoy this spectacle, for if we must feast on the celebrity, if we must be the beast, let us at least feed on the part that is good for the soul:

...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.

All quotes from AP: Linda Deusch

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