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Baca’s deputies include a woman at least as beautiful and photogenic as the [Hilton] heiress. Deputy Anel Manriquez is nicknamed “Jo-Lo” in the county jail due to her resemblance to Jennifer Lopez. She is also a member of the department boxing team, which could make great TV.
One drawback is her association with the case of a 43-year-old car mechanic who was arrested for drunken driving in 2002. Ramon Gavira was processed at the same Inmate Reception Center where Hilton surrendered last week on charges related to drunken driving.
The jail staff noted that the father of five suffered from diabetes, depression and alcohol withdrawal. Gavira also complained of hearing voices and having suicidal thoughts, but he received no special care as he sobbed and begged to go home, much as the heiress would.
“You could see him crying, confused, lost,” an inmate said in court papers.
Two inmates would say under oath they saw “Jo-Lo” beat and mock Gavira during the five days before he pleaded guilty. He was given 11 days but the sheriff’s office decided he had done enough time. He was awaiting release when an inmate heard a female officer’s voice.
“I heard her say, ‘You’re never going home,'” the inmate would recall. “She kept telling him that, and she walked away, laughing.”
By the time the release order arrived Gavira had been found hanging from a bedsheet. He was battered from head to toe. He had a half dozen broken ribs, and a broken collarbone, as well as a neck fracture more typical of strangling than hanging.
But, the subsequent investigation ruled Gavira a suicide. Manriquez vehemently denied the allegations against her, which were officially deemed “unfounded.”
Maybe the producers could get around that little thing with the dead mechanic, just as the department did. “Jo-Lo” could give new meaning to being a hard-hitting beauty and help make “Sheriff to the Stars” a big hit.
The county could use the money. It just paid a $750,000 settlement to Gavira’s family.
Did you know anything about him? A nice little bio summary here, with an interesting focus on his business history.
He has 8 kids!
Barron Hilton (born 1927), son of the founder of Hilton Hotels, became head of the company in 1966. Disparaged by some as the lucky son of Conrad Hilton, he led the company into the gaming industry and was one of the first in the hotel industry to use management leaseback deals.
An avid poker player, he was denied a gaming license in Atlantic City by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in 1985, when alleged ties to organized crime were discovered. In 1998, Hilton received the honorary title of Knight Commander of St. Gregory the Great, a Catholic honor. He and his wife are generous donors to Catholic causes. [The gambling and the mafia and the Catholic church – it goes so nicely together!! too funny]
In the late 1990s, Hilton Hotels was the third-largest lodging company in the world.
On the list of the 400 Richest People in America, hotelier William Barron Hilton came in last, with a fortune of $500 million.
When his father died in 1979, he left Hilton several hundred thousand dollars in cash. The bulk of his fortune, almost 13.5 million shares of Hilton Hotels stock, went to the Conrad Hilton Foundation to help Roman Catholic nuns worldwide. Hilton controlled another 3.4 percent of the 25 million shares. He claimed his father’s will gave him the option to buy the stake from the foundation at the 1979 price of $24 a share, a total of $330 million less than the 1988 market price. A California superior court ruled against Hilton in 1986. The settlement, reached in November of 1989, gave four million shares to Hilton outright, 3.5 million shares to the foundation, and six million shares to a trust, with Hilton serving as executor. He was allowed to keep 60 percent of any dividends paid on the trust’s shares for the next 20 years. After the year 2008, those payments and ownership of the shares revert to the foundation. The settlement meant that Hilton could vote the foundation’s shares, giving him control of over 25 percent of the outstanding stock in the company. In April 1998, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the sale of as many as 24 million Hilton shares from the charitable trust he controls.
FOR decades, pornography has been the elephant in the middle of the room in polite San Fernando Valley conversation.
A great philosopher once said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” And that applies to the Valley’s porn industry, which has gone unexamined despite raising serious moral, health, social and economic issues.
my comment left on the site:Excellent initiative! I look forward to its developments. A journalistic organization that does not take a serious look at porn is not a serious organization (99% of the media!).
I must add, however, that you were quite neglectful in your statement that porn “affects men’s attitudes toward women, ” — as if women’s attitudes toward sex were not influenced by porn ideology. Porn affects sexual attitudes in both men and women (even if not in exactly the same ways or degrees).
One of the most insidious aspects of pornographying modern culture is exactly its effect on how a considerable number of women now think of sex. Even if they view/read porn less than men, these porn attitudes can also be transmitted to women by men who view porn themselves.
I hope you will also investigate this very serious question in your coverage of the issue.
As educators grapple with how best to combat plagiarism in the Internet age, several high school students are suing a company that many districts and schools have hired to help them reduce such cheating.
I didn’t even read the entire details in the above case, but I thought the gall of the students was just too funny. In any event, an interesting use of technology to help ameliorate an age-old problem in education. I specially liked the approach used by teacher quoted towards the end — not to use the anti-plagiarism service as a “gotcha” bat to hit the students over the head, but to try to bring in students to attain more awareness and responsibility regarding the cheating issue.
Sheriff must not be next beneficiary of ‘celebrity justice’
WE can be grateful that justice is finally being served for Paris Hilton, who has been sent back to jail where she belongs, treated just like anybody else.
Now the question is: Will justice be served for Lee Baca?
It was the Los Angeles County sheriff who started the latest Hilton brouhaha by releasing the celebrity heiress from jail three days into her 45-day sentence.
Although the notoriously star-struck Baca insists that Hilton’s A-list credentials had nothing to do with her being “reassigned” to her Hollywood Hills mansion, the judge overseeing the case concluded differently. On Friday, he sent Paris back to the pokey, while rapping Baca for defying his initial ruling.
“I at no time condoned the actions of the sheriff and at no time told him I approved the actions,” said Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer of Baca’s decision to spring Paris early.
On Wednesday, a jail official told Sauer that he would provide the judge with information about the medical problem that supposedly warranted Hilton’s early release. He never did.
Between defying the judge’s order to keep Hilton in jail – not put her under electronic surveillance – and his staff’s refusal to cooperate on the medical front, it seems like Baca is all but begging to be found in contempt of court.
City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo argued as much when he filed the petition that led to Friday’s hearing. Delgadillo demanded that Baca demonstrate why he wasn’t in contempt of court.
But Sauer – who perhaps was too busy dealing with the Paris circus – never addressed that question Friday. He should now. [But maybe it wasn’t a question of being too too busy]
Sauer has done the public a great service by ensuring that, for once, a powerful figure in L.A. will face the same justice as everyone else. He could underscore that message by making sure it applies to Baca, too.
The sheriff has a lot of explaining to do, and Sauer must not let him off the hook.
I could certainly understand the judge being quite furious about having his authority trampled by Baca, but perhaps that’s as far as he would like to take the conflict — put her back into jail, end of story.I don’t think the judge has shown indication that he would like to escalate the conflict with sheriff further, or Sauer would have taken advantage of the huge media spotlight he was in to launch other attacks on Baca’s moves. On the other hand, now that the full blast of media scrutiny is upon them, the judge may have to call Baca further into question, at least for the sake of appearances. However, I don’t think much, if anything, will happen to Baca, he seems too well connected and protected. In any event, another entertaining development in the Hilton circus, which just gets bigger every day.
Breaking – Libby willing to do the time – just like Paris!!! 🙂While there are those on the right who are clamoring for President Bush to grant Libby a pardon, a spokesman for Libby said that his client is willing to do the time – if Baca calculates it. “A pardon would take too much time,” said attorney Greasy McDeal. “With the Paris Hilton sentencing and time-served guidelines established, my client’s 30-month sentence will be completed right about … now.”
I have been getting an enormous kick out of the Paris Hilton saga. Not so much the Paris Hilton herself part of it, although we might add, that is often more entertaining than 90% of the entertainment available on TV, but how the media explodes with Paris into this atomic bomb mushroom cloud and then a multitude of other people, pundits, and events take over and it all becomes one huge unending, gigantic circus — it’s life imitating art imitating reality tv.
From a sociological perspective, it’s just too rich, there is so much to comment and analyze. From an entertainment perspective, it’s colorful, light enough not to be depressing or disturbing, funny, sad, pathetic, twist-turning, ironic, and therefore quite entertaining — and there is nothing about entertainment that is not serious business.
From a journalism perspective, again, a million things to follow, to criticize, and also to appreciate — the barbs, the colorful descriptions, the tongue-in-cheek humor, the tabloids, the jaw-dropping desperate need to fill in huge chunks of media time and space with anything Paris-related because it attracts viewers.
Here is a little collection from my very entertaining following of the Paris Hilton drama this week.
***** Nice headlines/expressions *****
America’s favorite heirhead
Weep and wail and back to jail
“Mom! Mom! Mom!” the blubbering blond screamed
Hilton’s hysterics capped a day of demented drama that had paparazzi pummeling each other for a shot of a weeping Hilton
“It’s a bizarre, Tinseltown, la-la land story that you can’t make up,” said Frank-Jordan Fastner of the German TV station RTL elevision. “She’s the longest ongoing reality TV show.”
Baca also said that he reassigned Hilton based on “her severe medical problems,” and confirmed TMZ’s original story that her condition was mental.Comment 5. Sounds like baca has severe mental problems.(and Baca reportedly is a big Scientology guy!!!)
I thought the guy quoted below sounds like a very good attorney and a very media savvy one. I liked how he found a way to put the whole back-to-jail issue in such a concise frame, so nailing it in white versus black terms, so perfectly tailored for the intended audience of “jurors” in this case, the mass idiotic public of America. From the disputes I read on the issue, I would agree with him, specially since the sheriff apparently did some big hidden doodoo. So inspite of there being claims that other similar offenders don’t serve more than 5% or 10% of their sentences, there was just too much monkey business with how Paris got out. And since the reviews of the judge are all positive on his decades old track record, it’s nice to see him assert his authority over the questionable sheriff.
“This is a simple case,” deputy city attorney David Bozanich said. “There was a court order. The Sheriff’s Department chose to violate that order. There is no ambiguity.”
***** Article 1 *****
This was a very nicely written article, opinion, whatever.
Abiding by the rules stipulated by a court of law requires some common sense, one of the few luxuries to which Paris Hilton apparently has been denied.
Forgive me. I thought I could avoid writing about the ironies of Paris Hilton.
Alas, popular demand (translation: my persistent wife) thought otherwise.
In February, the adventurous star of a leaked sex tape was caught driving 70 m.p.h. in a 35 m.p.h. zone.
Her headlights were off, police say. It was after dark, her license was suspended from an earlier arrest and she had—Oops!—failed to enroll in a court-ordered alcohol-education program. If you wonder why people keep picking on the poor girl,this night of adventure gives you some idea. The result is a weird situation in which a judge wants her in jail, but the sheriff wants her out.
Judge Michael T. Sauer sentenced Paris to 45 days in jail. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department trimmed that to 23 days, citing sentencing guidelines.
Her screaming fans, aptly dubbed “Paris-ites” long ago by the Los Angeles Times, want her free. Then she can return to clubbing with her “BFFs,” which my son tells me is “best friends forever” in text-message speak.
Before she turned herself in last week, Paris appeared to be going through the sort of on-camera, life-changing epiphany that leads many addictive personalities to cures, interviews with Oprah Winfrey and best-selling memoirs.
Paris told a firing squad of cameras and microphones outside the MTV Awards last week that she wanted to serve her jail time “like everyone else” even though “I did have a choice to go to a pay jail.”
Pay jail? What, I wondered, is pay jail? Even O.J. Simpson, with all his wealth and fame, didn’t get pay jail. Pay jail turns out to be a California thing for minor lawbreakers with major cash in their pockets. For about $100 a day, you can get a little room with a regular door instead of jail bars and a roommate who is not a tattooed enforcer for a gang. You might even get to keep your cell phone, iPod and computer, but don’t expect to find a nightly chocolate mint on your pillow.
Could it be one of those legendary perquisites that many black people believe only rich white people know about? Judging by news accounts, apparently so.
“The [pay jail] program is little known,” the Los Angeles Times reported in March, “but its popularity is growing so quickly that you had better make your reservations soon.”
“Many of the self-pay jails operate like secret velvet-roped nightclubs of the corrections world,” The New York Times reported in April. “You have to be in the know to even apply for entry.”
Well, those days of the program being little known ended when Paris blabbed about it.
***** Article 2 *****
The Media Circus and Paris Hilton
[Opinion] Blogger Cody Lyon wonders what would happen if Tom Hanks were in the same boat
On one hand, to go there, might be seen as caving into media frenzy, talking about a subject, many are embarrassed to admit they follow, a topic that will surely invite criticism. But, to not, would be missing an opportunity to ask some deeper questions about national priority, fame, and the places Americans obtain information they consider important.[…]
Regardless, the attention meter was running at high speed during the Friday circus surrounding her return to prison.The arrest at the mansion, trips to court and jail were all covered live by the cable networks from up in the sky, ala OJ. On the ground, minute by minute reports, graphic descriptions of tears, screams and pleas all poured in from reporters. An assortment of Pundits, cable anchors, activists, legal “experts” and even a sheriff from New Mexico, all cawed like crows in a cornfield with, opinions rants and raves on the three cable news networks.
Evidence that a huge swath of America found satisfaction in Hilton’s return to jail was soon evident all over the web.
Comments like, “I think she deserves it”; “She’s long overdue”; “Celebrities are no better than the rest of us”; “she’ll serve as an example” and the endless “rich bitch girl” comments that in the end, quiet frankly, sound just a bit mean spirited.
On Fox News, Rev. Al Sharpton weighed in by phone about what’s good for one is good for all, Geraldo and Shep Smith hollered and giggled and Greta worried that Hilton was ill, or perhaps, “twitching”. But then, of all the pundits, a very interesting comment came from the high priestess of outrageous and offensive right wing ideology herself, Ann Coulter.
Of the madness, Coulter hypothesized, that if this were Tom Hanks, you wouldn’t have all this blood lust.
Perhaps she’s correct. For one, Tom Hanks is a respected and talented actor who, unlike Hilton, earned his status as such. But more significantly, regarding the Coulter comment, Tom Hanks possesses a wholesome Americana Jimmy Stewart like image. Most people can’t help but like him, he embodies nice guy and rarely shows up in tabloids or in gossip columns.
On the other hand, Paris Hilton is the quintessential example of what many Americans claim to hate, a symbol of tawdry excessiveness, seen as spoiled, fame and wealth for no reason, and most of all, the privilege that money affords anyone in America who has it.
But, Hilton, a woman with the genes of Conrad in her system, is, for some reason the object de jour of countless magazines, television programs a virtual all you can eat buffet of guilty pleasure that Americans love to chow down on and the media loves to feed.
[my comment ] This was a very nice succint sociological commentary.
Feminists highlighted a long time ago that the “personal is political,” likewise we can see that the most superficial aspects of media culture, including the celebrity section, are also just as “political,” feeding into and reflecting deeper currents of modern society for masses of people.
According to google.news, the Hilton saga was by far the most widely covered event this week in all English speaking digital media, with literally thousands of articles, making headlines from the US to Korea to Brunei.
***** Comments to articles about the Paris saga ***** For all their talk of equality, America is the most stratified society in the world. Not even in India is the class-difference so great as in the usa. So this is what you get when Paris starts screaming at her parents “GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!”: acorrupt sheriff who is probably promised a cool million when he let her out.The only interesting thing is how much did the sheriff get paid, AND does he still get paid, now that Paris is back in jail?She didn’t have to serve the whole 45 days, can you imagine the outrage if she fakes an mental instability if she is released prematurely AGAIN??? [Actually, it is exactly what I am waiting for 🙂 the circus must go on 😉 and the reports of her not eating? cmon, we all know what’s coming… ]
Posted by: CrashTestSmartie 12:05 AM
Of course Paris deserves to sit and watch her herpes develop all day for a month; anyone else breaking the law in the manner(s) she did would have their license revoked, their car taken into police custody, and ordered to over a year of jail time. Here’s to Nicole RIchie and her drunk, high, driving-the-wrong-way-on-the-highway self getting a year in prison, and the same with Lohan and her coked out body. Lets just make sure these vapid skeletons get their 3 meals a day and GET THEM OFF THE ROAD, since its incredibly apparent that wealthy, drug addled young women are so dangerous on the road. Who approves their driving exams?!? Anyone who disagrees (ie people with no self esteem, who absolutely love the supercelebgigglygossip culture, the kind that can’t do it with an eye towards hilarity ala WWTDD but instead actually become FANS of these morons) can try and defend one of these pathetic human beings when one of them finally kills someone. Brandy-style. A coalminer in West Virginia develops lung cancer so he can barely provide bread and Kool-Aid for his children, and people actually STICK UP for gross approximations of a human being such as Paris Hilton? Maybe the Russians and the Cubans and the Chinese weren’t so wrong about communism after all
Posted by: swayzex Jun-9
I am so sick of hearing about that snot nosed little twit I could scream. Who does she think she is? You do the crime , you do the time. So shut your pie hole Paris and sit there like a good little girl. Don’t be screamin for your mommy. Your an embarassment to this whole nation. We have men and women dying every day to protect this country, they go for days without eating or showering or sleeping even. You have 3 square meals a day, a safe place to lay your head and a hot shower. She could always come stay at my house, I’d make her beg to go back to jail, pompous lil brat! Go away Paris.
Posted by: Aww.Naww Jun-9
I don’t believe it is celebrity vs non-celebrity. It is money vs no money-I have a friend who was eligible for the home arrest/ bracelet program, but couldn’t do it because it cost so much.
Paris Hilton never took responsibility for everything she does. She manipulates the system and creates her own drama. It’s not because she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth that makes people dislike her, it’s all about her attitude and her demeanor that makes people feel less sympathy for her. Obviously people don’t feel the same way about Nicky Hilton although they came from the same family.
Posted by: Phoenix21152 Jun-9
This is the end of an article detailing a horrible abuction, rape, and murder crime of a white couple by blacks.
What the statistics say
On one hand, African-Americans bear the brunt of violent crime in the U.S.: In 2005, the most recent year for which statistics are available, blacks were more than twice as likely as whites to fall victim to serious violent crime, most often at the hands of other blacks.
Blacks are also the overwhelming majority of victims of attacks recorded by the FBI as hate crimes. In 2005, blacks were the victims in 68 percent of nearly 5,000 hate-crime incidents nationwide, while whites were the victims in 20 percent of the cases. Whites accounted for60 percent of known hate-crime offenders, while blacks accounted for 20 percent.
But on the other hand, when overall cross-racial violent crimes are tabulated—including incidents not formally classified as racially motivated hate crimes—Justice Department statistics show that blacks attack whites far more often than whites attack blacks.
In 2005, there were more than 645,000 victims of cross-racial violent crimes between blacks and whites in the U.S. In 90 percent of those crimes, black offenders attacked white victims.
“In the old days,” said Hutchinson, contemplating that statistic, “when you said ‘hate crimes,’ it was automatic—whites victimizing blacks. Today you have to pause for a minute and not make automatic assumptions.”