Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Making an example of Paris Hilton

The Paris Hilton story has certainly taken on a life of its’ own. The heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune is known as star of internet porn, episodes of “Simple Life” filmed in Arkansas, encounters with alcohol, and incidents with cops.

She has disregarded the terms of her probation and disrespected justice. We talked about all this last week. She is due to serve 45 days sin jail. Considering her direct disrespect for the judicial system, that seems perfectly reasonable.

I am a little afraid now that things are starting to get completely out of hand. It has been seriously suggested that, with local jail crowding, Hilton might be sent to a tent city jail run by Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio. He has gained fame for running a jail on the cheap and everything he does is not completely bad.

I am getting a bad feeling about the seeming rush to make some sort of example out of Ms. Hilton. Don’t get me wrong. That is part of the purpose of the court system. Still, sending a jail prisoner completely out of state for the purpose of getting publicity for the get tough judges and prosecutors seems to put Hilton in danger and it just treats her different than your typical scumbag. Not fair and not constitutional.

(Broadcast May 15, 2007)

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