LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – The LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo is caught in a mushrooming scandal over the fact that his wife was wanted for arrest for over nine years.
Michelle Delgadillo, originally charged under her maiden name, was never detained in the nine intervening years, though the court order for her arrest remained valid until Wednesday, Reuters report.
Hours after the LA Times story broke, she appeared in court to plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license, and the warrant was canceled.
She was sentenced to 12 months on probation and fined $431, according to a spokesman for Delgadillo’s office.
The turn of events was especially embarrassing for Delgadillo because it came two weeks after he publicly chided Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca for releasing Hilton from jail early and placing her under house arrest for unspecified medical problems.
Hilton, the celebrity heiress and star of the reality TV show “The Simple Life,” originally was sentenced to 45 days behind bars for driving on a suspended license in violation of her probation in a previous drunken-driving case.
“If law enforcement officials are to enjoy the respect of those we are charged with protecting, we cannot tolerate a two-tiered jail system where the rich and powerful receive special treatment,” Delgadillo said at the time.