Paris party rolls on 'for now'


Summary

Party princess Paris Hilton's sensational release from jail may be short-lived after prosecutors ordered her to return to court to consider her sentence.

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In the meantime Hilton can relax in her multi-million dollar home in the Hollywood Hills, despite wearing an electronic ankle bracelet that is a constant reminder someone is watching.

"House arrest is nothing," said Steve Cron, a criminal defence lawyer unconnected to the case. "She can have friends over. She can party all night long."

The monitoring device allows long-distance surveillance by probation officials to keep track of the whereabouts of offenders, with a range of up to 371 square metres.

"House arrest for someone like her who doesn't have to work and doesn't have to worry about picking up her clothes at the dry cleaner is not a problem," Mr Cron said. "She can have all her food sent in."

Preferential treatment

The early release of the 26-year-old socialite has created a stir with questions about special treatment for celebrities and the rich.

Sheriff's officials, however, said it was not unusual for inmates to finish sentences under home confinement.

It was not known whether special restrictions were placed on The Simple Life star during her three nights in jail. Her publicist Elliot Mintz and lawyer Richard Hutton did not return repeated phone calls today. Sheriff's officials say they are unaware of the conditions for home confinement.

Mr Cron said special conditions can be worked out with the sheriff and the court.

Anyone can visit Hilton at home and she can even do a photo shoot or interview if she likes, Cron said. But it is unlikely Hilton will risk leaving home for a night on the town.

Ongoing saga

Hilton was arrested on charges of drunken driving in September.

In January, she pleaded no contest — the equivalent of a guilty plea — to a reduced charge of alcohol-related reckless driving.

She was sentenced to three years' probation and had her licence suspended.

However she was caught behind the wheel in February, and a traffic court judge later ruled the latest offence constituted a probation violation.

Hilton had been housed in a special unit for celebrities and high-profile inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, about 24km from Los Angeles.

She had been incarcerated alone in her cell, an enclosure 2.4 metres wide, 3.7 metres deep and 2.4 metres high, equipped with two bunks, a sink, a small table, a slit window and a metal toilet.


Party princess Paris Hilton's sensational release from jail may be short-lived after prosecutors ordered her to return to court to consider her sentence.

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In the meantime Hilton can relax in her multi-million dollar home in the Hollywood Hills, despite wearing an electronic ankle bracelet that is a constant reminder someone is watching.

"House arrest is nothing," said Steve Cron, a criminal defence lawyer unconnected to the case. "She can have friends over. She can party all night long."

The monitoring device allows long-distance surveillance by probation officials to keep track of the whereabouts of offenders, with a range of up to 371 square metres.

"House arrest for someone like her who doesn't have to work and doesn't have to worry about picking up her clothes at the dry cleaner is not a problem," Mr Cron said. "She can have all her food sent in."

Preferential treatment

The early release of the 26-year-old socialite has created a stir with questions about special treatment for celebrities and the rich.

Sheriff's officials, however, said it was not unusual for inmates to finish sentences under home confinement.

It was not known whether special restrictions were placed on The Simple Life star during her three nights in jail. Her publicist Elliot Mintz and lawyer Richard Hutton did not return repeated phone calls today. Sheriff's officials say they are unaware of the conditions for home confinement.

Mr Cron said special conditions can be worked out with the sheriff and the court.

Anyone can visit Hilton at home and she can even do a photo shoot or interview if she likes, Cron said. But it is unlikely Hilton will risk leaving home for a night on the town.

Ongoing saga

Hilton was arrested on charges of drunken driving in September.

In January, she pleaded no contest — the equivalent of a guilty plea — to a reduced charge of alcohol-related reckless driving.

She was sentenced to three years' probation and had her licence suspended.

However she was caught behind the wheel in February, and a traffic court judge later ruled the latest offence constituted a probation violation.

Hilton had been housed in a special unit for celebrities and high-profile inmates at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, about 24km from Los Angeles.

She had been incarcerated alone in her cell, an enclosure 2.4 metres wide, 3.7 metres deep and 2.4 metres high, equipped with two bunks, a sink, a small table, a slit window and a metal toilet.