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The Hilton Effect: Call Room Service!

Judging by news reports, one might conclude that the most important legal issue in the United States today is whether or not Paris Hilton will be returned to jail. As heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune, she no doubt found her amenities there lacking. But Norm Pattis at the blog Crime & Federalism says that the story of Hilton's release after  serving just three days of a 45-day sentence could have a very direct impact on the practices of him and other criminal defense lawyers: a frequently ringing phone. He explains:

"'I don't feel good, and I want to go home,' the prisoners will say. They will recite their legion of woes: Heart disease, back pain, medical conditions that can be better treated outside the confines of a prison. Each of these calls will be urgent, as they always are, but there will be extra urgency this week: Each caller will want the same treatment given to Paris Hilton."

As of this writing, reports vary as to how Hilton came to be released from her less-than-Hilton-like digs. But Pattis says: Send her back.

"I am no fan of jail. It often solves nothing. But letting this high-profile nitwit walk away from jail because it isn't a fun place to be sends the wrong message to all the other persons confined. Ms. Hilton persuaded someone to make a mockery of the criminal justice system. She should be sent back to her cell and the man, and it most likely was a man, who ordered her released should be required to ask he treated her as though, pun intended, she were a guest at the Hilton."

Either that, or upgrade all the other prisoners to luxury suites.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 8, 2007 at 05:28 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

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