She's been praying that her jail sentence be amended to something other than... well... jail, but a panic button seems to be the best that Paris Hilton's going to get. The heiress, spotted out in LA toting a self-help book called The Power Of Now along with - get this - The Holy Bible, seems to be flip-flopping her image in a last ditch attempt for a little pity and protection.
According to Life Style, Paris' complaining has ended up leading to a little bit of sympathy. Apparently, someone found it a good idea to arm Paris with a "panic device giving her a 24-hour link to prison guards in case she encounters trouble when she begins her prison sentence next month."
It looks like Paris Hilton is indeed going to the big house, only maybe for not as long as she thought. It was released this week that the heiress will serve a shorter sentence than previously thought.
Miss Hilton will only have to serve about half of the 45 days she was sentenced to, according to officials. She will spend about 23 days in a "special needs housing unit" at the Century Regional Detention Center in suburban Lynwood, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
In times of trial, it's comforting to have the counsel of someone who’s been in your shoes and survived. I think that’s what Paris Hilton was hoping for in Patty Hearst. But unfortunately, Patty seems to have said no to the hotel heiress.
Patty did time in the mid-'70s after she was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, and then caught on camera robbing a bank with them. After serving two years in the slammer, Hearst's sentence was commuted by then-President Jimmy Carter. She later received a pardon from Bill Clinton.
While her attempts at an appeal or pardon are still hanging in the balance, Paris Hilton received good news yesterday (May 10) - with word that she may spend far less than 45 days in the county lock-up.
Hilton, sentenced last week, "may spend only three weeks or less behind bars because of a state requirement that grants inmates time off for good behavior and because of overcrowding in the system," Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore told The Associated Press.
Paris Hilton is starting to get desperate. No longer leaving her impending jail term solely in the hands of her legal team, the hotel heiress has started a little grass roots campaign.
The New York Post reports that on her MySpace page, Paris wrote: "My friend Joshua started this petition, please help and sihn it. i LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!" While Paris needs to work on her spelling, the point was made.
After a short-lived firing, Paris Hilton has made nice with the veteran publicist she dumped over the weekend - after faulting him for her imposing 45 day jail sentence.
"I represent Paris and I'm proud to," Elliot Mintz told Reuters early on Tuesday after a night out with his client. "We had a wonderful evening, we talked, and our media relationship resumes uninterrupted."
Over the weekend, Paris Hilton made her first public comments since being handed a 45-day jail sentence - without the help of her now former-publicist.
Paris described her punishment as cruel and unwarranted and fired her veteran publicist Elliot Mintz, whom she blamed for getting her into the mess.
At the probation violation hearing last week, Hilton said Mintz had told her she was permitted to drive for work-related reasons. But Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Sauer rejected these claims as ridiculous and ordered her to show up at the jail by June 5.
In a verdict that's taken Hollywood by surprise, a judge has sentenced Paris Hilton to 45 days in Los Angeles County jail on Friday (May 4) for violating her probation in a reckless driving case.
The hotel heiress didn't help her own cause, arriving to court 10 minutes late in the back of a black Cadillac Escalade. According to CBS reports, "When she got out, Paris swept into the Metropolitan Courthouse with several men in suits, ignoring screams of photographers lining the route into a rear entrance. Her parents, Rick and Kathy Hilton, also came with her."
If city prosecutors get their way today, Paris Hilton could be jailed for 45 days for violating terms of her probation for an alcohol-related reckless driving conviction.
According to documents filed April 30, prosecutors are also seeking that the hotel heiress be required to stay away from alcohol for 90 days and wear a monitoring device to make sure that she follows the terms.