Celebrity of­fense

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“By now, you’ve likely read or heard that Paris Hil­ton got sen­tenced to 45 days in jail for vi­o­lat­ing her pa­role by driv­ing with a sus­pended li­cense. [. . .]

“Her celebrity sta­tus may in­deed have hurt her, es­pe­cially if the judge got the im­pres­sion that Hil­ton thought her money and fame would al­low her to get away with her mis­con­duct. Then again, shouldn’t pub­lic fig­ures, es­pe­cially rich and pow­er­ful ones, be held to a higher stan­dard?

“Af­ter all, Joe Six Pack is hurt a lot more by a drunk driv­ing of­fense than a Paris Hil­ton. She can af­ford the best le­gal coun­sel, whereas even a run-of-the-mill at­tor­ney’s fees will se­ri­ously af­fect Joe Six Pack’s lifestyle. A fine of, say, $2,500 is noth­ing to Paris Hil­ton but per­haps a month’s take­home pay for him. A sus­pended li­cense is dev­as­tat­ing to most of us; some­one with her re­sources can just hire a chauf­feur. So, yeah, when she thumbs her nose at the law af­ter be­ing given a sec­ond chance, she ought to be slapped with a stiffer sen­tence.”

James Joyner, writ­ing on “Paris Hil­ton Jail Sen­tence Un­fair?” May 5 at out­side­the­belt­way.com

Maybe she should be held to a higher stan­dard. Paris Hil­ton

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