How Justice Didn’t Favor Paris Hilton
Celebrity favoritism? More like the opposite. A quick look at Paris Hilton’s sentencing.
When it comes to Paris Hilton, justice most decidedly does not favor the rich – to the contrary, in fact. Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca had this to say about possible celebrity favoritism by the courts: “The special treatment, in a sense, appears to be because of her celebrity status … She got more time in jail”.
This view was corroborated by an analysis done by the LA Times, which found that her punishment was worse than that given to 80% of people under similar circumstances. Stan Goldman, criminal law professor at Loyola Law School had this to say: “Twenty-three days would be considerably more than the average person given her sentence would actually serve”.
According to jail time statistics, 59% of people sentenced with DUI served five days or less in prison. Under the new program for avoiding overcrowding in jails, only the most harmful offenders as usually held for a longer sentence. And a young female celebrity probably isn’t among the most harmful offenders.
Celebrity favoritism? More like celebrity un-favoritism.