I do not normally walk down the road of â€œinfotainmentâ€ but this recent story has my blood boiling.
Budding billionaire Paris Hilton was arrested in September of 2006 for driving under the influence. She was given 36 months probation for her infraction and in February of this year she was caught speeding at 70mph in a 35 zone (That is 112 in a 56 zone for you Km/h folk). The bonus was part of her probation involved a suspended drivers license. So here we have what is a highly educated woman â€“ at least one who can afford to get a high level of education â€“ offensively breaking the law twice in a 6 month period. Her obvious disregard for the law ended up getting her a 45 day sentence in jail where she was sequestered from the general population and after 3 days of time she was released to serve the rest at home.
How is this justice? Not only did she break a law by behaving in a manner that society condones heavily (driving under the influence) but she disregards her sentence and is caught doubling the speed limit. Might I put in to context that the 35 zone was 35 for a reason, not because some person at the city hall decided they wanted people to drive slowly there. So we have a woman who is quite happy to risk peopleâ€™s lives twice in a short period serving virtually no time at all. Contrast that against the hard time, not sequestered from the general population that Robert Downey Jr. did for snorting some coke.
Why is it we would send him to jail regardless of his star status but would let her basically walk free for what I consider a more serious offence (consider the results of someone stepping in front of her at that speed)? Justice was certainly blind in this case. Blind and ignorant! If it were me or you we would be rotting in jail for a few years, not a few days. I hope the public outcry is loud on this one.