Something's really wrong with our justice system. Paris Hilton was charged with DUI, arrested, paid her bail, and then was sent to jail for 3 days of a 40-day sentence (reduced to 23 day for "good" behavior before entering jail ???), and then she was let go from jail today because her lawyer felt she might have a nervous breakdown from all the stress of being incarcerated.
I'm thinking lots of women sent to prison feel like they might have a nervous breakdown after spending a night or two among the general prison population, but Paris was segregated for her own protection, so she didn't even have to face any of the "scarey" women in jail. And now they're going to let her stay home for 40 days. Whoop-de-doo.
This reminds me of OJ being let go on a double homicide charge. Johnny Cochrane said, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" in reference to a bloody glove found at the scene of the crime. The glove didn't fit, true. It was all shriveled up from the massive amount of blood on it--so it was impossible for OJ to put his hand in. Well, of course, it didn't fit. The lining shrank.
I've had lined leather gloves shrivel that had gotten very well from snow and ice. The lining shrank, and when I attempted to put the glove on, I couldn't. Isn't this basic knowledge? OJ got away with a double homicide because of a shrunken glove. Something is really messed up with the justice system.
Then two years ago a local jurisdiction handled a rape trial. It was clear that the rape had occurred. The victim's version matched the rapist's version exactly. The accused actually admitted on four occasions that he had committed the crime.
Yet jurors went into the jury room and everyone voted for acquittal because the accused protested that he didn't understand what the police asked him, and he had said "Yes I raped her" when he claims he meant "No, I didn't rape her."
What's the problem here? Granted, his original language was not English. But the police had a translator for him every step of the way and wouldn't even address him when a translator wasn't present. He still said he didn't understand English and inadvertently said "Yes, I raped her" when he meant to say "No, I didn't rape her." Yet on one of the jury breaks many jurors passed him and his lawyer in the hallway and heard them conversing in perfect English. He barely had even the slightest accent.
When he was asked by the police if he raped her, wouldn't he have said "NO" since HIS language has the word "No" in it just like the English language? Ugh. What a mess the judicial system is...
This morning, Paris is meeting with the original judge who sentenced her, so I'm hoping someone can reestablish some sanity in the system. I'm not thinking that will happen, but I'm hoping. And I will totally lose it if he reduces her 40-day-at-home-sentence to an 18-day-at-home sentence for "good" behavior and time served.
Totally lose it, I tell you.
UPDATE: As you know, she's back in jail. Go Judge Sauer! Rah, rah!