Pals Seek Pardon for Jail-Bound Heiress

Ask Governator to spare ambassador of "hope for young people"
By J. Kelman,  Newser User
Posted May 8, 2007 12:20 PM CDT
Pals Seek Pardon for Jail-Bound Heiress
In this court drawing by court artist Mona Shafer Edwards, Paris Hilton, right, is seen at the the Los Angeles Municipal Court Metropolitan branch, Friday, May 4, 2007, in Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer, pictured left, ruled that Hilton was in violation of the terms of her probation...   (Associated Press)

Paris Hilton fans are rallying to keep the heiress out of an orange jumpsuit. More than 1,000 have signed an online petition to Gov. Schwarzenegger to pardon her for the parole-violation conviction that otherwise will cost her 45 days in jail. The grounds: that she "provides hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world." 

The appeal to the Governator puts mercy for the reality show princess on a par with Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon. Meanwhile, the L.A. Times profiles the church-going, Shakespeare-quoting Superior Court judge who felt the situation called for more than a wrist-slap. Demurred judge Michael Sauer: "I don't care to be the DUI judge to the stars." (More Paris Hilton stories.)

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