Just three days — or five days, depending on your math — into her 23-day sentence for violating probation, Paris Hilton was “reassigned” on Thursday and sent home with an ankle bracelet to serve out the remainder of her term.
Cable television and the Internet buzzed over the news all day and msnbc.com readers have plenty to say about the socialite hotel heiress who, according to most, once again proved she’s nothing like the rest of us.
Here is just some of what you had to say:
“I am mad for two reasons: This makes me sick, I want to throw up and I spent good money on this lunch. The 2nd reason is that our justice system has become a joke. So much for "do the crime, do the time.” — Emily, Huntington Beach, Calif.
“I think the media has wasted enough time on this twit. Go away Paris, there are other problems with this world, immigration, inflation, gas prices, health care, poverty, Iraq, just to name a few.” — Wendy, Pearland, Texas
Open the doors
“What a joke. I wonder how much money the sheriff collected. Or other favors he received for this farce. Might as well give everyone a break now. Open the doors of the prisons, because the legal system is a joke.” — Joel, Canada
“What else is new? When you are rich, white, and beautiful you are treated much differently in this society. Too bad for the poor, black and ugly. They must suffer the penalties of the law. This is an outrage!” — Lisa Hampton, Newark, N.J.
I'm not a fan of her’s, but it did seem to be an awfully tough punishment. Of course she shouldn't be housed with other inmates they would make her life hell, if not hurt or even kill her, just because of who she was. If this doesn't teach her a lesson then I would say get tougher with her. — DJC, Des Moines, Iowa
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“It's ridiculous. She is SUPPOSED to suffer and hate imprisonment. I hope that all the other inmates serving similar sentences get the ACLU to let them all out to get home jailing for the same reasons. Also, I better not see Paris behind the wheel of a car for a looooong time!” — Jeff Young, Las Vegas, Nev.
Beyond the law
“Money talks! I am offended that her money is beyond the law. She's just a spoiled rich brat! And now everyone can now use her excuse to get out of jail. I hope she can bear 40 days confined to luxury.” — Evelyn Velazquez, Bronx, N.Y.
“This is absolutely awful. It makes me disgusted or our country's justice system and to live in such a celebrity obsessed society where they can pretty much do whatever they want to and get away with it. Awful, absolutely awful!” — Robert Collins, Pacifica, Calif.
If the fine fits ...
“I think that if we are to have a sliding scale for celebrity incarceration time we should balance it out with stiffer financial penalties. For instance, the $1,500 fine to a normal working class person represents about 5 percent of their annual income. So Hilton, who is worth thousands of times more than the average person, should pay in the neighborhood of $1.5 million. This would also help alleviate the ‘waste of taxpayer dollars’ her mother seems so worried about.” — John, West Hartford, Conn.
Who can stop it?
“It stinks. I am so sick of ‘justice’ being for sale in this country. Those of us who try to obey the law and live moral lives are looking like fools when our nation cowtows to the rich and famous. Who can stop it?” — carol Snyder, St. marys, Ohio
Fame, fortune win
“I am not surprised. Things like this is why this country dangles at the bottom of the food chain when it comes to things like crime. Fame and fortune will always trump justice and fair play!” — Dee, Dallas
“I think she should have been given home detention in the first place. Now, it looks like she got special treatment which she did when she was allowed to stay in the ‘special needs’ area. The Sheriff's Dept. probably did what should have been done in the first place, home confinement. Now it's a huge mess, and all of the Rev. Al Sharpton's of the world have a good argument.” — Brian, Tulsa, Okla.