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Sheriff Baca: "This Lady Has Severe Problems"

6/8/2007 7:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca claims there was simply no room at his jail for a "low-level offender" like Paris Hilton -- and her "severe" medical problems were only getting worse.

In a statement to the press, Baca said, "There's 20,000 inmates -- the largest jail system in the United States ... It's very overcrowded."

According to Baca, 90% of the inmates in L.A. County jail are serious felons -- many held on murder charges or attempted murder charges. Paris was one of the "low level" offenders -- who usually serve 10% of their sentences.

Baca also said that he reassigned Hilton based on "her severe medical problems," and confirmed TMZ's original story that her condition was mental. Baca said that her "increasingly deteriorating problems" were evaluated and added, "This lady has some severe problems."

Baca added that she was medicated when she originally entered the jail system ... and "I can't trust her tenuous status," referring to her mental state. "She had a severe problem," said Baca, "I need more cooperation from the courts and from the city attorney's office."

For now, Baca says he will comply with the court order and keep her behind bars -- "If there's any further deterioration, hopefully we'll be able to address it."

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76.

Denice    

Sheriff Lee Baca, needs to be fired. It is apparent he does not support the sentencing nor the judicial system.

2672 days ago
77.

Tanya    

The only mental problems I see with her is Narcissistic Personality Disorder..

2672 days ago
78.

julie    

Hey Baca its ur jail right ?? deal with it!!!!! I know her mom and her did a favor for you???? what its hot !! and she was in specail unit right? dumd a**

2672 days ago
79.

Just A Dude    

Baca, your check is in the mail. - The Hiltons

2672 days ago
80.

Lindsay    

Yes,
She certaimly has problems. She will be suffering rom WITHDRAWL symptoms you stupid cop.
Get your bald head outta your ass.......

Or, maybe you can just give her a little dope or alcohol to calm her down just a little bit.....

2672 days ago
81.

Miss Mary    

Face it -Lee Baca is a wimp and was probably promised a nice exotic vacation by the Hilton's to let their baby girl out! I mean...it is L.A.!!! I'm bored with all this Paris drama. She was and still is a nobody - who has essentially done NOTHING to garner all this publicity. Really!

2672 days ago
82.

Ya Think?    

Baccala the ass-munch should be brought up on contempt charges and stripped of his duties. How much did the Hilton family pay him? Will he have to return it all now?

2672 days ago
83.

B    

Sheriff Spock sounds unstable himself and inept in his position. He also is incredibly UNPROFESSIONAL for discussing inner problems between him and the Judge. He is clearly out of line...

Amazing that her SEVERE MENTAL problems do not keep her from partying, traveling, drinking and drugging it up, Sheriff Spock.

You are a pathetic excuse for a man and especially a supposed man of the law. Stop airing your dirty laundry at press conferences to try to condone your poor excuse of a human being.

2672 days ago
84.

jProud American Author    

Most prisoners have "severe problems" Hello Sheriff but you had NO right to take the law into your own hands. She was sentenced.
http://enlightenedangel.bravehost.com

2672 days ago
85.

Carly    

Drug withdrawal symptoms??

2672 days ago
86.

annab    

can you say, "ACTING"?

the video of her outside on her deck with her parents shows someone totally different than the "sick" paris. she was not shaking, quivering or jerking.

she was having a temper tantrum in court..........and it didn't work so she escalated the behavior, and it STILL DIDN'T WORK..........LOL LOL LOL

2672 days ago
87.

WiFiSpy    

What a joke! Fire this guy!

2672 days ago
88.

crabby    

YOU ARE ALL JEALOUS BECAUSE NONE OF YOU HAVE A BENTLEY AND SHE DOES!!!
GET A LIFE AND GET OVER IT!!!!!!!! YOU ARE ALL HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!

2672 days ago
89.

Bye bye Sam    

I agree...Baca you better retire because you are the laughing stock of L.A. now...pathetic!

2672 days ago
90.

Lindsay Lohan    

"severe Medical Problems" = "Severe Drug withdrawl"

2672 days ago
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