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Paris Hilton belongs in Jail.

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Recently, a petition has been created calling on "The Honorable Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger" to "FREE PARIS HILTON." (this petition may be viewed at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/PH21781/ ) As many Americans know due to an overwhelming amount of news coverage on the issue, Paris Hilton was recently sentenced by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to 45 days in an LA County Jail for violating her probation. The petition calling for her pardoning is weak, flawed, and biased. In response, this separate petition has been created and signed by concerned citizens who wish to uphold the honor, integrity, and sincerity of our justice system. We, the signers of this petition, do not believe that Ms. Hilton should be excused from serving jail time. We, the signers of this petition, do so for the following reasons: 1) The petition calling for Ms. Hilton's pardoning explains that Ms. Hilton is "an American celebrity and socialite," and that she is "an heiress to a share of the Hilton Hotel fortune, as well as to the real estate fortune of her father Richard Hilton." The fact Ms. Hilton is an heiress to a billion dollar fortune and the fact that she has obtained a great deal of fame, founded or unfounded, in American society today in no way should pardon her from the justice system. A person's wealth or fame in no way should excuse them from the justice system. 2) The petition calling for her pardoning claims that Ms. Hilton "provides hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world" and that she "provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives." Both of these claims are unfounded, as Ms. Hilton's partying ways are met with disapproval by many caring and concerned parents and individuals the world over. She does not provide hope, but rather promotes a carefree attitude that many view to be careless. Further, the fact that she "provides beauty and excitement" to some people's "otherwise mundane" lives is, once again, no reason for her to be pardoned. "Beautiful" people should not be exempt from justice. 3) The petition calling for Ms. Hilton's pardoning makes erroneous assumptions and claims about the case against Ms. Hilton and America's justice system. The petition explains that Ms. Hilton is being sent to jail for a DUI, and it cites other prominent celebrities who have not served jail time for DUIs. However, Ms. Hilton is not being sent to jail for a DUI; rather she is being sent to jail for VIOLATING HER PROBATION FOLLOWING A DUI. Secondly, the petition explains that Ms. Hilton "did not hurt, injure, or kill anyone or anything." There are more ways of committing a crime than by simply hurting, injuring, or killing. What Ms. Hilton did was a crime, and she deserves some sort of punishment for it. For these reasons which we believe in, we sign our names here:

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