I wrote about the principles and implementation of justice in the United States and compared that to our lack of justice against the privileged in India. I showcased the recent conviction of Scooter Libby and Paris Hilton – both very different personalities but both obviously very privileged.
Well, seems Paris was too hot for prison. According to TMZ.com, Paris Hilton was released from prison without any prior announcement by the LA Sheriff’s office. According to news reports, apparently she was on the verge of a mental breakdown and the Sheriff’s office decided to scoot rather than having a loony Paris on their hands. Fair enough. I dont blame them.
But facetiousness aside, I guess this raise two concerns. One, it would be naive to believe that all other factors remaining the same, John Doe without the benefits of Paris’ money and crass stupid penchant for sensationalism would have also got out after three days of a forty five day sentence.
The second concern is that it does raise the bugaboo of America being a country of haves and have-nots. Especially in LA, where the Police Department doesn’t exactly have a stellar image of fairness. Just a few weeks ago, they fired rubber bullets in a bunch of pro-immigration activists- apparently, without a lot of provocation. It will make those people who get thrown on the ground by police officers for standing around street corners just get more cynical of the system – and honestly, I cant say, entirely without reason.
But most importantly, I am absolutely bewildered about how someone of Ms. Hilton’s apparent intellect can go in the same sentence as the alleged “psychological problem”.
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