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L.A. City Attorney "Extremely Troubled" by Paris Decision

6/7/2007 5:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rocky & ParisAnother official is blasting the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department over the decision to reassign Paris Hilton to house arrest.

In a statement to TMZ, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said:

"Today I was extremely troubled to learn that the Sheriff's Department has decided to release Ms. Hilton from custody just three days after she was admitted to county jail.

My office was not advised of this action. We learned of it this morning through news reports, just like everyone else. Had we been provided with the proper notification, we would have opposed the decision on legal grounds.

News reports indicate that the Sheriff's Department released Ms. Hilton to house arrest due to a medical condition. This explanation is puzzling. Los Angeles county jail medical facilities are well-equipped to deal with medical situations involving inmates.

I am also concerned that the judicial process may have been improperly circumvented in this case. Ms. Hilton was incarcerated as a condition of her probation. As a result, the judge retained jurisdiction over her case and only the judge has the power to modify these conditions of probation. If Ms. Hilton's medical condition truly warranted a change in her circumstances, what should have happened is the following: Ms. Hilton's legal counsel should have filed an emergency application with the court and provided my office with the opportunity to respond, and then the court could have held a hearing on the matter to consider whether there was sufficient justification to change the terms of his original order. I have directed my criminal branch to immediately explore all possible legal options to ensure that the law is being applied equally and justly in this case.

If law enforcement officials are to enjoy the respect of those we are charged with protecting, we cannot tolerate a two-tiered jail system where the rich and powerful receive special treatment. We must ensure that in our city, in our nation, and under our Constitution, justice remains blind."

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Jolene    

Good for this guy!!!!!! We all need to protest!!!!!!

2659 days ago
17.

Brianne    

Paris must own TMZ all the stories are about this herpes laden internet porn star. Bad job TMZ

2659 days ago
18.

Stinknlawyer    

Sheriff should be arrested for contempt of court and Paris returned to county custody!!! That would prove that the judge is serious about his desire to teach Paris a lesson.

2659 days ago
19.

BLAH...BLAH...BLAH...    

Thank God, there is someone with the LA city attorney's office that sounds like he has some balls.

2659 days ago
20.

DANI    

NOT SURE WHO THIS GUY IS...

BUT I"M GLAD HE"S TALKING AND TELLING THE WORLD THIS IS BULL S*&T!!!

2659 days ago
21.

Debbie    

If any justice is to be done, she should be put right back in jail. The people that let her out should be fired. Then maybe this department may gain some respect back!!!!! If not, GOOD LUCK with this justice system. You will have lost all respect in this country!!!!!

2659 days ago
22.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    



Nobody should have to go to jail unless they did something really, really bad, not just getting smashed and driving around ...what's the big deal ? Who hasn't ?

2659 days ago
23.

BLAH...BLAH...BLAH...    

GO ROCKY!!!!!!!!!

2659 days ago
24.

Glee (I'm baaaaack)    

Mental Anguish My *ASS. try working 50 hours a week and still not making ends meet while your kids have very little. This is a TRAVESTY!

2659 days ago
25.

imanetter2    

PUT HER BACK WHERE SHE BELONGS! THIS IS NOT FAIR TO OTHER INMATES WHO AREN'T FAMOUS. SHE PROBABLY JUST GOT HER PERIOD AND HAS CRAMPS. WELL, TOO BAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2659 days ago
26.

Wow.    

Travis: that was completely uncalled for. I don't like Sharpton, but that is a classless way of stating your opinion. Yeah, fine her $300,000 - she pays more than that in a shopping spree, way to teach the tramp a lession. C'mon. She should be in jail, serving her time like all the other Americans that break the law.

2659 days ago
27.

Dawn    

Everyone is trying to save face on this Face it all the officials were bought and sold.

2659 days ago
28.

how sad    

As of today June 7th, there are 18 Paris related stories on TMZ.
I guess she is the only person alive or worth reporting on so aggressively.
TMZ you are totally adding fuel to the fire hour by hour. You are obsessed
with Paris and shoving it down our throats and we are falling for it, because
here I am on your website commenting.

2659 days ago
29.

Your'e Fired!    

........................REVERSE the "decision"...YOU did it to let her OUT.....Heck, DO IT AGAIN.....Whats stopping you?!! THIS IS WRONG!!!!!
While you are at it......I hear ol'Charlie Manson wants out......

2659 days ago
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Glee (I'm baaaaack)    

hey cops - keep oh the lookout for brenda bouquet before she kills someone.

2659 days ago
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