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Fans petition for a Paris pardon

Fans of Paris Hilton have begun an online petition asking California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to help the heiress to a get out of jail free card.

“Paris Whitney Hilton is an American celebrity and socialite,” the petition located at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/PH21781/, begins. “She provides hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world. She provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives.”

The petitioners have asked the governor to step in and relieve the star of her 45-day jail term for violating her DUI probation twice, when she drove on a suspended license earlier this year.

“This petition is to ask Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon Paris Hilton for her mistake,” the petition author writes. “Please allow her to her return to her career and life. Everyone makes mistakes. She didn't hurt or kill anyone, and she has learned her lesson. She is sincere, apologetic, and full of regret for her actions as she explained tearfully to the Judge handling her case in court.”

As for Schwarzenegger, his reps tell “Access Hollywood” they have not even received the petition. The rep added it was “premature” to engage in a discussion over the petition until Paris has “exhausted all of her legal remedies.”

“Even then, Gov. Schwarzenegger would only act in extraordinary cases,” the rep said.

At press time, nearly 3,000 people had signed the petition, though the names of the signees were not available.

On Friday afternoon, Hilton’s lawyers filed preliminary paperwork to appeal the judge’s sentence of 45 days. The full appeal will be filed Friday.

In related Paris news, yesterday Hilton rehired her longtime publicist Elliot Mintz, whom she blamed on the stand for her reasons behind driving on a suspended license.

He said he will be by the heiress’ side through her court appeal and beyond.

“When Paris Hilton took the stand and said that she did not know that she should not be driving she spoke the absolute truth,” Mintz said.