Sunday, May 6, 2007


Los Angeles police fired rubber bullets and cracked heads last week at a Latino pro immigrant rally. MacArthur Park in Los Angeles was the scene of protest and ultimately chaos in a nationwide call for citizenship for illegal immigrants. Many, including injured press reporters, deemed it a gross overreaction on the part of the police. Shortly afterwards, an equally amazing drama took place across town. Paris Hilton, heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violation of probation. Ms. Hilton, 26, arrived in court fifteen minutes late. Judge Michael Sauer after listening to the preliminaries issued his conclusion. Hilton was stopped after driving with a suspended license while on probation for a DWI in September. After her DWI, she was cited for yet two more traffic stops and failure to enroll in an alcohol education program. Sauer refused a bid to buy time in a more luxurious prison. According to procedure, persons convicted can pay for a "better" accommodation if the judge allows. So, on June 5th, Paris Hilton will enter Lynwood prison for 45 days. Upon hearing the judge's edict, her mother, Kathy Hilton remarked, "This is a joke."

Well Mrs. K.....perhaps to you, but not the thousands of less privileged minions that go to jail every day for even lesser charges. As Paris passes the cells of fellow inmates on her way to her room, she will probably see many of those arrested at the immigrant rally and people who look like them. The Los Angeles police did not afford them the same courtesies that Paris enjoyed.
As the country continues to grapple with the politics of illegal immigration, perhaps the opinion makers should take a closer look at the criminal justice system. This system continues to give a free pass to those that society perceives as bad but acceptable. This system says that a low paid, fruit picking, Mexican is considered more of a threat to society than a drunken blond driving a car with a suspended license. At last, a California judge saw if differently. Now, Paris Hilton, star of the reality TV show, "The Simple Life" will have to live it for 45 days. Paris rants :
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