Blogger Michael Leon on Paris Hilton:
Hilton “was taken from a courtroom screaming” and crying Friday seconds after a judge ordered her returned to jail to serve out her entire 45-day sentence for a parole violation in a reckless driving case.
“It’s not right!” shouted the weeping Hilton. “Mom!” she called out to her mother in the audience.
Why is this funny? And no it’s not right.
Taking away someone’s liberty should be a last resort of a society to inflict upon its citizens.
But in America, it’s done with appalling frequency: By prosecutors looking to inflate their win-loss record, by judges for whom taking away someone’s liberty can make them look tough, and by spectator citizens for whom watching Hilton is a sick sideshow.
Hilton poses no threat to society; she was convicted on charges of reckless driving and on probation violation.
On Scooter Libby:
If there were any doubt that this administration believes that laws and rules are for other people, and that this government is theirs’ to rule as they please, such doubts must be cast aside.
We can no longer credibly assert that this is our government; this is a cabal accountable to no one; we do not live a democracy under this administration.
We put too many people in prison, unless they’re Republicans solely guilty of having a different memory of a phone conversation than Tim Russert. Maybe if Libby appeared in porn films.