Thursday, June 14, 2007

Not So Special Treatment

When you have nothing else to blog about, there is always Paris Hilton. I’ve withheld any outrage over her legal issues because I knew most of my animosity would come directly from my dislike of her fake and parasitic media persona rather than the merits of her case. And it turns out much of the outrage over her recent release from jail and accusations of “special treatment” may have been unwarranted:
The [Los Angeles] Times analyzed 2 million jail releases and found 1,500 cases since July 2002 that — like Hilton's — involved defendants who had been arrested for drunk driving and later sentenced to jail after a probation violation or driving without a license.

Had Hilton left jail for good after four days, her stint behind bars would have been similar to those served by 60% of those inmates.

But after a judge sent her back to jail Friday, Hilton's attorney announced that she would serve the full 23 days. That means that Hilton will end up serving more time than 80% of other people in similar situations.
So maybe she wasn’t being shown all that much favoritism. Still, I think we all get a little joy out of Paris having to endure this little bit of discomfort. It can’t be as bad as the discomfort we’ve all had to endure watching here baseless celebrity over the years.

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