Breaking: Paris going back to jail; Update: Shep Smith snark video added! Update: More Shep snark!

posted at 3:10 pm on June 8, 2007 by Allahpundit

According to Shep Smith, she was dragged screaming from the courtroom. Schadenfreudemania!


Update: CNN’s viewers are unloading on them for the wall-to-wall coverage of this crap. The anchors sonorously agree, then go back to covering it.

Update: Hilarious. It’s cool to so much righteous indignation about all this, from the famous and non-famous alike.

Update: One mo’ time!

Update: Shep’s not real thrilled about having to cover it either.

Update: MSNBC is promising “special coverage” of Parismania tonight at 9. Will Joe “Real Journalist” Scarborough be anchoring? That’s his time slot.

Update: Shep melts down. “This is over the freaking top!”

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TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2007 at 5:50 PM

Let me make it really simple. If you can’t produce a single case where people in similar circumstances where treated as she is being treated, then, that is injustice by definition. If you want to make the case she is being treated like everyone else, then, have at it and good luck.

Dude you dont know what the f&ck you are talking about…Period end of story. Like I said I know at least 5 people who did between 3 months and a year for their very first DUI right here in SoCal.

doriangrey on June 8, 2007 at 5:54 PM

I almost hate to ask, but are Senators working on resurrecting the amnesty bill while we’re distracted with this?

And I agree with Speakup and some prior commenters who pointed out how Ms. Hilton showed up late at prior hearings and blew off the terms of her probation. Those are who claiming the 45 day sentence is unequal haven’t addressed this issue… an issue amplified by the media attention on the case.

The judge is in a no-win situation here. If he would’ve given Paris no jail time because other people in similar situations are getting lax sentences, as other commenters have suggested, then he would’ve been harshly criticized by those following the media coverage.

In other words, the media coverage may have been a contributing factor here. Ms. Hilton’s contempt of court (showing up late on at least 2 occasions, blowing off her alcohol education, driving on a suspended license, etc.) did not help, either.

Dave Shay on June 8, 2007 at 5:54 PM

I am finding it harder and harder to give a damn about this country. Bullshit like this make me think we deserve what is coming.
B Moe on June 8, 2007 at 3:31 PM

Griz on June 8, 2007 at 4:06 PM

But remember it’s the media that is picking and choosing this crap, while earnestly telling us all that we want it. It’s media “cocaine” – the opiate of the masses. They purposely fill up newstime with empty nothing so they have an excuse not to report actual newsworthy items worldwide. Thus, anyone who relies on MSM is completely misinformed about the world. More and more people are feeling news malnourished and are craving news meat to be found elsewhere. Yay!
The other explanation is the media has been completely taken over by nothing more than high paid snotty gossips. The result is the same, consumers will shop elsewhere. Yay!
So, not completely ready to throw hands up about Americans, just the skanky media.

naliaka on June 8, 2007 at 5:56 PM

Now LASO is holding another press conference in a half hour…..this thread is going to get huge! LOL

Limerick on June 8, 2007 at 6:00 PM

By the way, while BigOlDog’s assertion that nobody else in CA or LA has ever been jailed for probation violation is too silly to even address, he does have one point: I’ll bet it’d be tough to find somebody who pleaded down a charge, got bust driving while suspended … and then decided to do it again a month later.

Find me a person that did that, and happens to have a limo at their beck and call 24/7 … and you win a kewpie doll. Paris is truly an original.

Here’s a question for you, BigOlDog: how many times could Paris have driven been caught driving on that suspended license while on probation … before her suspended sentence COULD be fairly re-instated? Ever?

Professor Blather on June 8, 2007 at 6:00 PM

I dont know which is worse..the paris showing of Cirque du SoLame? Or Geraldo and Shep Smith saying NO ONE gets jail for their first “deewee” ( some stupid name for DWI, I guess).
Hey stupid, 92% of ALL DUI/DWI’s get sentenced to jail, it’s just most first timers plead that sentence down to time suspended, providing the perp fulfills their plea agreement of 20 hours of alcohol education, 50 hours of ‘level 2 therapy’, community service, and not break any more laws,etc.
( maybe this “illegal alien = no law really matters”thingy is biting em in the butt now…no respect for any law now.)
IF they don’t complete theseplea arangements as agreed, they usually go to jail to complete the original sentence, in full.
It wasn’t just the DWI, it was the total contempt of court that got Paris Cirque Du Solame real jail time…
but Geraldo ‘no law is a good law’ Rivera… doesn’t have a frickin’ clue.

to steal a well known phrase:


shooter on June 8, 2007 at 6:03 PM

If you want to make the case she was treated fairly, please produce one case, just one, in that county (or open it up to all of CA) where a person was sentenced to time for a similar set of circumstances. If you can find one, then I would say she received fair and equal treatment…
TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2007 at 5:35 PM

Lauren Balkenzer, in 2006 was sentenced to 60 days in jail for driving with a suspended license, it was her second offense of driving without a lic. She had a DUI in 2005 and was on probation. She served 42 days in jail…

If you can find one, then I would say she received fair and equal treatment…

Now we all want you to say it.

right2bright on June 8, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Forget Paris : ) MKH’s latest

Spirit of 1776 on June 8, 2007 at 6:05 PM

right2bright on June 8, 2007 at 6:03 PM

If that’s true, she then was treated fairly. It shows there are circumstances when people do time for similar crimes in that community.

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2007 at 6:08 PM

So here I am unable to resist Googling to find out just how rare (or common) it is for people to be jailed for what some are claiming nobody is ever jailed for – violation of misdemeanor probation/parole.

First link – guess what Tank Johnson’s spending 60 days in jail for?

Perhaps Los Angeles is the exception.

Now somebody clarify this challenge – is it really the claim that nobody in LA is ever jailed for misdemeanor probation violation? Or do I have to find a case involving an heiress, multiple DWS violations, etc.?

Cuz I don’t think its going to take long to debunk the former assertion.

Professor Blather on June 8, 2007 at 6:09 PM

Maybe Paris Hilton is discovering how much the media really loves her. Flattery is a manifestation of hatred. She was flattered and photographed and cozied up to by people who now laugh at her and jostle to get the best possible photo of her crying in her humiliation. All those people who cooed that they loved her and see them gleefully trying to show her in the worst possible light so everyone can mock and laugh at her, enjoying the comedown.
Nothing noble in any of this. She overindulged and got caught; it’s humiliating enough for Jane Blow to go through such a process in her own community. Who’d want their worst mistake blasted all over the news? Crawl under a rock is the favorite choice.
We threw the cable tv box out two years ago and wander through life blissfully unmolested by these things, apart from the supermarket counter, salted heavily with gossip rags. Front page pseudo-news is more than enough info.

naliaka on June 8, 2007 at 6:24 PM

That picture of her is priceless!

bmac on June 8, 2007 at 6:25 PM

Well, I was laughing while he was being snarky then I got turned off (I usually skip Shep) when he started making comments about “those running the war” and suddenly was upset by the Mary Winkler sentence along with Geraldo (another creep!)
Hey Kini, been over to the Volcano? I sure miss HI & hope you’re doing well on the Big Island.

Catie96706 on June 8, 2007 at 6:29 PM

That You Tube tape is really well done. BTW, in my State she would have got 48 hours. I think the Judge is looking for some face time.

pat on June 8, 2007 at 6:30 PM

How many of George Bush’s illegal aliens get a 45 day jail term for not having a license to drive???

gary on June 8, 2007 at 6:30 PM

Professor Blather on June 8, 2007 at 6:09 PM

right2bright already found a case that is similar enough that shows, although maybe not common, it does happen. So all the talking heads, Judge Nap, etc, were wrong. So now, in light of the evidence, I think she was treated fairly.

You weren’t seriously trying to compare Tank’s case to Paris were you? You must not follow the NFL:

n November 2005, Johnson was arrested at the Excalibur nightclub in Chicago’s Cook County for possession of a handgun in his sport utility vehicle. Johnson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge and was sentenced to 18 months probation and 40 hours of community service.[4] On February 12, 2006, Johnson, while still on probation, was charged with aggravated assault and resisting arrest after allegedly verbally threatening a police officer. Johnson was leaving Level Nightclub on Chicago’s Rush Street when the police officer was ticketing a limousine driver whom Johnson had hired. As Johnson allegedly put up a struggle, he was maced and subdued with the help of other police officers. The charges were eventually dropped.[5]

On December 14, 2006, Lake County police officers searched Johnson’s home in Gurnee, Illinois, and allegedly discovered that he possessed six firearms, including two assault rifles. Although Johnson was at football practice during the search, his bodyguard William Posey was arrested from his house for alleged possession of marijuana. Johnson was charged with violation to probation and possessing unlicensed weapons. Bears coach Lovie Smith deactivated Johnson for the following game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers based on this incident.[6]

On December 16, 2006, Johnson’s best friend and bodyguard William Posey was killed in a shooting at Ice Bar in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Posey was shot after he was allegedly involved in a fight around midnight. Posey was rushed to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:30am. Posey’s assailant was not apprehended by the police.[7] On December 28, Chicago Police apprehended Michael Selvie, Posey’s alleged assailant. Selvie, a “reputed gang member” has been implicated in over 30 other crimes. However, Selvie’s defense attorney claims that Selvie does not posses a firearm or any gang affiliations. If found guilty, Selvie will face charges of first degree murder.[8]

On December 22, 2006, Cook County Circuit Judge John J. Moran, Jr. (Skokie courthouse, Second District, Cook County, Illinois) placed Johnson on home confinement, preventing him from driving by himself or leaving the state of Illinois.[9] On February 8, 2007, Johnson entered a guilty plea in Cook County’s Courthouse in Skokie for violating his probation.[10] On March 15, 2007, Johnson was sentenced to a 120 days in prison (Cook County Jail) and and fined $2,500 for violating his probation. [11] On February 17, 2007, Johnson’s lawyer contested a Lake County Circuit Court to drop Johnson’s unlicensed weapons charges. His attorney claimed that since Johnson is a resident of Arizona, he does not have to abide to gun registration laws of Illinois.[12] Johnson entered a plea of not guilty on 10 counts of possessing a weapon without the proper state-required ID. [13]

On December 30, 2006, Tank Johnson contacted Gurnee Police Department to file harassment charges. [14] This news story is at best a footnote in many articles but deserves much more recognition. The information in the references is actually there but hard to find. Local youths left a toilet seat with a harassing message on his doorstep. Local news said that “Police did not disclose what the message on the garbage can said” [15] However, other sources claim that “Nice Job Tank” was written on the seat. [16] In reality the words “GO TANK” was written lovingly with duct tape. This toilet seat was duct taped to a garbage can.

On April 30, Johnson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge as part of an arrangement with prosecutors that will keep him from serving additional jail time. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which will be served concurrently with a four-month sentence he’s already serving in the Cook County Jail for violating his probation; to donate $2,500 to the Gurnee Police Department and $2,500 to the Gurnee Exchange Club’s child abuse prevention program.[17] While he was in jail, many of his teammates and coaches, including Brian Urlacher, Rex Grossman, and Lovie Smith visited Johnson.[18] His release from jail on May 13 ended his legal problems from the December 2006 weapons incident.[19] The league ultimately suspended Johnson for half of the regular season on June 4.[20]. However, he will have the opportunity to reduce the sentence to six games if he complies with Commissioner Goodell’s guidelines of behavior, which include going to counseling.

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2007 at 6:31 PM

Flattery is a manifestation of hatred. naliaka on June 8, 2007 at 6:24 PM

An interesting point. I think it’s true in this case, certainly.

Spirit of 1776 on June 8, 2007 at 6:31 PM

Bad judges are ruining this country.

When the idiots “mistakenly” let her go home, they should’ve counted their blessing and let it go.

Instead, we get another Judge Ito, in this case one more inflamed with self, who has decided to torture this pathetic little flake, in public, for his own self-inflation (book deal, Dateline interviews, starleech folk hero status, etc.).

Has he no sense of being a gracious gentleman?

(Or simply admitting: that the court had erroneously released Ms. Hilton, but to spare her any trauma, would continue the home monitoring, with mental health supervison.)

Scooter’s judge, this judge, Ito, and too many current judges: self-aggrandizing martinets and/or not serious about the law, but only about their own angle / advantage / ego-boost / party-loyalty / sadistic glee / base jollies.

These “colorful character” judges need to go.

They pervert justice to a cartoon.

profitsbeard on June 8, 2007 at 6:31 PM

profitsbeard on June 8, 2007 at 6:31 PM

Judges are problematic for time to time, but it is not the issue of enforcing the law? I mean, isn’t that what we have been talking about about immigration and every other significant issue? If an member of the law subverts the initial judgment in the sentence, is not as bad as an activist judge?

Spirit of 1776 on June 8, 2007 at 6:36 PM

(Or simply admitting: that the court had erroneously released Ms. Hilton, but to spare her any trauma, would continue the home monitoring, with mental health supervison.)

You’re kidding, right? Where, in any description of the justice system, does it say that the court is supposed to spare criminals trauma? Hey, remember that guy who recently got out of jail based on a fax somebody faked? They shouldn’t have bothered picking him up and bringing him back either.

Laura on June 8, 2007 at 6:37 PM

Oh, and look Blather, Tank get 60-days and Paris gets 45. Now that’s justice for you! Ha, ha, ha…

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2007 at 6:41 PM

You must be kidding right? You think those are the kind of people who get breaks? LOL!

You know who gets breaks? Connected people.

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2007 at 5:20 PM

Really? Then why didn’t she get the break? And why do you want her, a connected person, to get the break? You’re talking in circles now.

csdeven on June 8, 2007 at 6:43 PM

Not that anyone would confess, but I’m sure a couple people either reading this thread or posting in this thread have recieved a DUI in the past. Perhaps even 2 DUIs or more.

You are not evil people. You made a mistake. We all make mistakes. I’ve made mistakes.

More than likely, you had a good lawyer reduce the charge down to reckless driving, paid a fine, and moved on. Fact is, you were guilty. You were legally drunk and driving.

Now, the million dollar question is: Did you drink and drive again? The odds are pretty good that you have.

My point is that instead of learning from your mistake, you soon relapsed because as inconvenient as what the first DUI was, the punishment was not harsh enough to drive the point home.

I bet if you were saddled with the humiliation of time in jail, you’d be more adament not to repeat your mistake. Jail time was a possibility, but good lawyering got you off.

We need to enforce the maximum penalties on DUI. I don’t want anyone to go to jail, but if it will correct reckless behavior, it’s best for you and others you may hurt in the future.

Yep, Yep, Yep, Yep….and then Nope.

Twice charged, never convicted, and guilty as heck several times. But the DUI penalties are too harsh. Proof?:

In my profession, I’ve watched multiple lawyers and judges in bars drink 5 scotches and drive home. I have never seen lawyers and judges fire up a joint or a bong. Interesting, because in Ohio a DUI gets you a mandatory 3 days in the hoosegow, and burning a little ganja is a Minor Misdemeanor with a max $150 fine. Minor misdemeanors don’t even merit an arrest.

Conclusion: Burning doobie is socially unacceptable but legally up there with speeding. DUI is socially acceptable but legally the same as involuntary manslaughter (first degree misdemeanor). Because of the MADDs of the world, law is out of harmony with social norms. Kinda like the whole immigration thing, no?

HerrMorgenholz on June 8, 2007 at 6:48 PM

I get the impression Shep wasn’t too happy to have to cover this “news”.

Yakko77 on June 8, 2007 at 6:49 PM

Really? Then why didn’t she get the break? And why do you want her, a connected person, to get the break? You’re talking in circles now.

She’s not connected. She’s just famous (infamous). Connected people are people with friends inside the system. Usually either political, law enforcement or the judicial system. Sometimes important unions too. I grew up with many of members of those groups and saw it work.

I could care less what happens to her. I’ve seen the system manipulated my whole life and it makes me sick. That was my point. It has little to do with Paris. It has to do with blatant injustice in both directions. The Tank/Paris comparison is a good one as it show how the injustice can work in either direction.

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2007 at 6:55 PM

Here’s an interesting one:

A study of LA County Jail in 1996. Strangely, there’s a category for “misdemeanor probation violation.” Wierd, having a category for something that’s never, ever happened.

In fact, it seems more the the rule than the exception.

And BigOlDog, the Tank comparison was used only to conform to your standards: he is being jailed for violation of misdemeanor probation. That was specifically what you claimed is rare.

Whether he deserves it more or not is certainly debatable. But see, that’s why we have judges. To consider the context and the circumstances, and not to simply make sure everyone is treated exactly the same. Not to look around, say “hey, somebody told me nobody’s ever gone to jail for this!,” and then insist that following the law is “the definition of injustice.”

Even if your point that she was being treated differently – which was painfully inaccurate – was factually correct, the circumstances of her case, her actions and attitude, warranted her sentence, as prescribed by the law and handed down by the judge.

This was, in fact, my whole point.

I find it fascinating that you’re arguing (with a straight face?) that she’s receiving unfairly harsh treatment, when almost everyone else is baffled by how unfairly lenient the court is being.

Which makes me wonder about what’s hiding in the back of your DVD collection? I’m now guessing you have every season of “The Simple Life.” Am I right?

To be fair, here’s a really good argument supporting Paris, and the guy nails it – its not the probation violation thats interesting, but the fact that the violation wasn’t a separate identifiable crime i.e. another DUI.

He’s right: her real crime was pissing off the judge.

But again, even if she really was the first to have the book thrown at them for showing utter contempt for the court … I’m not sure why you’re upset about that.

Seems like the appropriate response is “about fricking time.” And a round of beers for the judge.

How can we start enforcing immigration laws, for example, if we start by arguing that we can’t ever enforce more harshly than we did with the last guy? Isn’t that precisely the liberal argument on immigration?

Interesting discussion. Too bad its quitting time. Now be careful with that DVD. You could go blind.

Professor Blather on June 8, 2007 at 6:58 PM

She’s not connected. She’s just famous (infamous). Connected people are people with friends inside the system. Usually either political, law enforcement or the judicial system. Sometimes important unions too. I grew up with many of members of those groups and saw it work.

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2007 at 6:55 PM

Dude – you just need to stop while you’re way, way behind.

Not connected, huh? No friends in law enforcement?

Well timed, Allah:

I’m still going to be laughing half an hour from now. This beer’s for you, BigOlDog. Peace out, fellow Friend o’ Paris.

Professor Blather on June 8, 2007 at 7:04 PM

For once Shep’s ostentatious indignation is well-placed. As is his lack of seriousness.

Mark V. on June 8, 2007 at 7:06 PM

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Allahpundit on June 8, 2007 at 7:06 PM