- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 9, 2007

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Paris Hilton was sent screaming and crying back to jail yesterday after a judge ruled that she must serve out her sentence behind bars rather than in the comfort of her Hollywood Hills home.

“It’s not right!” shouted Miss Hilton, who violated her probation in a reckless driving case. “Mom!” she cried out to her mother.

The 26-year-old hotel heiress tried to move toward her parents but was steered away by two sheriff’s deputies, who held her by each arm and hustled her from the courtroom.

Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer apparently was unmoved by the pleas of Miss Hilton’s lawyers to send her back to home confinement because of an unspecified medical condition. He ordered her returned to a Los Angeles County jail to serve the rest of her 45-day sentence.

The judge gave no explanation for his ruling. But his comments showed he was affronted by county Sheriff Lee Baca’s decision to set aside his instructions and release Miss Hilton after three days in jail.

Miss Hilton’s lawyers said the reason for her release was an unspecified medical condition. The judge suggested that could be taken care of at jail medical facilities.

After the hearing, Miss Hilton was taken to a correctional treatment center at the downtown Twin Towers jail for medical and psychiatric examinations to determine which facility she will be held in, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

“She’ll be there for at least a couple of days,” he said.

Miss Hilton’s twisted jailhouse saga began Sept. 7, when she failed a sobriety test after police saw her weaving down a street in her Mercedes-Benz on what she said was a late-night hamburger run.

She pleaded no contest to reckless driving and was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines. In the months that followed, she was stopped twice while driving on a suspended license. The second stop landed her in Judge Sauer’s courtroom.

After being taken to court yesterday in a black-and-white police car, paparazzi sprinting in pursuit and helicopters broadcasting live from above, Miss Hilton entered the courtroom weeping and continued to cry throughout the hearing.

Her blond hair was pulled back in a disheveled knot, in contrast to the glamorous side-swept style in her booking photo earlier in the week. She was wrapped in a long, gray fuzzy sweat shirt over slacks.

Several times she turned to her parents, seated behind her in the courtroom, and mouthed, “I love you.” At one point, she made the sign of the cross and appeared to be praying.

Sheriff Baca yesterday defended his decision to release Miss Hilton, citing jail crowding — although she was in a special unit and did not have a cellmate — and what he termed “severe medical problems.”

This is not the first time that Sheriff Baca’s judgment has been questioned.

He was accused of using his authority to benefit friends and supporters. Since taking office he purportedly has accepted thousands of dollars worth of free meals, sports tickets and trips.

Last year, the Los Angeles Times reported Sheriff Baca put one of his closest friends on the payroll as a $105,000-a-year adviser.

The newspaper also said he accepted more than $42,000 in gifts since taking office, including some from those who do business with his department.

Despite being reincarcerated, Miss Hilton still could be released early. Inmates are given a day off their terms for every four days of good behavior, and her days in home detention counted as custody days. It appeared that yesterday would count as her sixth day. Sheriff Baca indicated she would serve about 18 more days.



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