Debra J. Saunders

"Today, there's a lot of people in county jail for misdemeanors who are probably scratching their heads saying, 'Why not me?'" Adachi noted. As he sees it, the average person caught driving without a license would not receive such a long sentence -- but also the average person would not have access to a well-heeled psychiatrist who could get that person sprung, say, because an inmate was having a nervous meltdown.

If Hilton had taken the law seriously and stopped driving when she lost her license -- sheesh, cupcake, hire a chauffeur -- she would have avoided discovering, up close and personal, that jail, like real life, is not a sitcom.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has a black eye on this one. His actions sent the message that if you're rich, you can game the system, shorten your stay and upgrade to a room with turn-down service and chocolate on the pillow.

Judge Sauer spared Baca from having to figure out what to do if Hilton again violated her probation. What would he have done then? Checked her into a Hilton?

Debra J. Saunders

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