LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – Newsweek reports on Paris Hilton’s chances of getting out of jail free. She better not hold her breath.
Last week, a judge ruled that Paris Hilton was going to jail for 45 days, after violating her probation on a previous DUI-related conviction. She couldn’t use a work permit to postpone her day behind bars, scheduled for June 5. She couldn’t pay extra, as some are allowed to, for a nicer jail cell. She probably couldn’t even pass Go or collect $200. But then again, this is Paris Hilton—she can do whatever she wants. Right?
She sure talks a good game. Over the weekend, she said to photographers camped outside her house: “I feel that I was treated unfairly and that the sentence is both cruel and unwarranted and I don’t deserve this.” But then the earth seemed to shift. This week, Hilton added DUI lawyer Richard Hutton to her legal defense team, and she came out with a new statement: “I am ready to face the consequences of violating probation.”
1. The appeal. Under California law, Superior Court cases involving traffic violations are typically not subject to a retrial. So Hilton’s lawyers can’t argue new evidence in front of another judge.
2. The pardon. Fans circulated a petition last week that received more than 900 signatures, asking Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon Hilton.
3. Prison overcrowding. On second thought—oops!—the jail might not have enough room for Hilton, not to mention her caravan of luggage.