Everyone from lawyers to neighbors weighs in on the heiress's situation

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June 08, 2007 11:55 AM

Paris Hilton‘s transfer from a Los Angeles County jail to her posh Hollywood Hills home in the early hours of Thursday morning sparked a chorus of criticism from practically all quarters. Her detractors ranged from gossip columnists to civil-rights leaders. Among the reactions:

• L.A. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo: “If law enforcement officials are to enjoy the respect of those we are charged with protecting, we cannot tolerate a two-tiered jail system where the rich and powerful receive special treatment.” (press release)

Village Voice columnist Michael Musto: “This was a chance for Paris to redeem herself. She did say she’s going to accept her fate, and I’m glad it turned out to be a lot of baloney. The Paris we love is someone who continually feels she is above the law – who continually messes up. She’s a Teflon heiress who we try to bring down to our level.” (Earth Times)

• L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe: “What transpired here is outrageous. It gives the impression of … celebrity justice being handed out.” (Associated Press)

• Frank Griffin, co-owner of paparazzi agency Bauer-Griffin: “I knew she wouldn’t stay. … They aren’t going to waste that kind of money on her.” (L.A. Times)

• L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich: “[It’s] a mockery of due process. … You’re dealing with a spoiled brat acting out to get her way instead of serving her time as was adjudicated by the courts.” (New York Post)

• Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope: “Basically, it is a slap in the face to the justice system and to every inmate who is serving their time as ordered. The Sheriff’s Department just caved into the celebrity power of Paris Hilton and her family’s wealth from around the world.” (L.A. Times)

• Jerry Oppenheimer, author of The House of Hilton: “I’m not shocked. She has been living the high life since her mother called her ‘star’ for the first time when she was one month old. One can assume it would be quite hard for her to live in a 12 by 9 foot cell, getting hotdogs for dinner, not being able to party. I think it is obscene that her attorney and psychiatrist were able to pull off this deal for her to be at home rather than behind bars.” (L.A. Times)

• MSNBC legal analyst Susan Filan: “They should be ashamed of themselves. They have made a joke of the criminal justice system and they have let Paris Hilton have the last laugh on us.” (Earth Times)

• The Rev. Al Sharpton: “Though I have nothing but empathy for Ms. Hilton whom I have met and appeared with on Saturday Night Live the night I hosted in 2003, this early release gives all of the appearances of economic and racial favoritism that is constantly cited by poor people and people of color.” (National Action Network)

• Hilton neighbor Anne Goursaud: “I think the whole world has descended on our neighborhood. What is my life going to be like for the next 40 days? It’s like the age of superficiality.” (L.A. Times)

Rosie O’Donnell: “paris is free/ praise the lord/ as america awakens/ from a deep sleep.” (Rosie.com)

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