IN THE CLASSIC Eighties movie "License to Drive," there's a nice scene in which the protagonist believes he is about to get his driver's license, despite failing the computerized portion of the exam. However, the bureaucracy discovers its mistake at the last second, and is furious at what it sees as the lad's dishonesty. "You mustn't fuck with the Department of Motor Vehicles," the licensing chief says triumphantly. "We can make your life a living hell."
Based on my observations of several DMVs, I consider this very sound advice. It also is very sound advice when it comes to dealing with the judiciary, which very much frowns upon those who don't do what it tells them to do. The court system is also generally not happy when its initial prescription, made with a light touch, is utterly ignored.
As such, it amazes me that Paris Hilton, the ghastly celebrity who is famous for being famous, so blatantly ignored the judiciary's earlier instructions regarding her probation on a drunk-driving charge. To be perfectly blunt, it boggles the mind one could be so stupidly cavalier when one's case was handled with such a light touch.
However, I was quite pleased to see that today, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer essentially told Ms Hilton: don't fuck with the L.A. County Superior Court. Judge Sauer sentenced Ms Hilton to 45 days in jail. No furloughs, no work release, no private jail, no electronic monitoring. 45 days in the hoosegow.
As the full story reveals, Judge Sauer is not a man who takes any crap. Clearly, he should be considered for higher judicial office and held up as a shining example of what the judiciary does right.
It's not just Ms Hilton's behavior that proved worthy of condemnation, though. According to media reports, Ms Hilton's mother, Kathy Hilton, acted in a most appalling and gauche fashion during the court hearing. Laughing during the prosecutor's statement and castigating the judge while court is in session is just not cricket. Furthermore, her comments condemning the whole process afterward were also not grounded in reality. It is understandable Ms Hilton's parents would be horrified at the idea their daughter would be sentenced to jail time, but Mrs Hilton's comments showed an unwillingness to admit that her daughter had done anything wrong and, more tellingly, an utter lack of respect for a process that until today proved very lenient for Ms Hilton.Posted by Benjamin Kepple at May 5, 2007 12:01 AM | TrackBack