A fluffy, ridiculous story has become actual news:

Hilton was ordered to report to court at 9 a.m. and will be brought in a sheriff’s vehicle from her Hollywood Hills home, said Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini…

The decision by Sheriff Lee Baca to move Hilton chafed prosecutors and Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer, who spelled out during sentencing that Hilton was not allowed to serve house detention.

Late Thursday, Sauer issued the order for Hilton to return to court after the city attorney filed a petition demanding that Hilton be returned to jail and to show cause why Baca shouldn’t be held in contempt of court.

Baca does not have to be in court, and it was unclear who would represent the Sheriff’s Department.

The move also was met with outrage from the sheriff’s deputies union, members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, civil rights leaders, defense attorneys and others.

“What transpired here is outrageous,” county Supervisor Don Knabe told The Associated Press, adding he received more than 400 angry e-mails and hundreds more phone calls from around the country.

It’s pretty much impossible to argue that she didn’t get preferential treatment based on being famous for being famous. Something like a third of the inmates in LA jails have worse medical conditions than hers, supposing she even really had one.

Who wants to lay odds on whether Sheriff Baca gets at least a public reprimand for yesterday’s actions?

And no, I’m not going to follow every detail and nuance of this story.

Update (AP): Cupcakes. Somehow it just seems so right.

Update: The judge has ordered Sheriff Baca to go get Hilton and haul her heiress self into the court to appear personally. So contrary to the report that’s up on Drudge, she can’t just phone it in.

Update (AP): Heart-ache.