Celebrity Justice

by PSL Law Library 22. September 2010 11:54

Picture source: MorgueFile

If you’re anything like me you take a look at TMZ once an hour... oh I mean day. Wink It’s a great way to take your mind off your next class and decompress.  Also, if you find that you still need your law fix you can find it there too.  Mixed among the stories of celebrity hookups and wardrobe malfunctions are the celebrity arrests.

A recent arrest involved heiress Paris Hilton.  Ms. Hilton was arrested on Friday, August 27 for possession of cocaine.  Take a look at the story that TMZ posted, with a link to criminal complaint.  There’s a popular belief that celebrities get softer sentences than your average citizen, I know you’re shocked to hear this.  With this in mind I was curious as to the sentencing guidelines for this charge and unfortunately my friends at TMZ didn’t do their due diligence (at least in this posting) so I had to do the research myself. 

I decided to look up Nevada Revised Statute 453.336 using Westlaw (Directory > U.S. State materials > Statutes & Legislative Services > Statutes Annotated - Individual States & U.S. Jurisdictions > Nevada Revised Statutes (State Version) - Annotated.)  I placed “NRS 453.336” in the natural language search box and selected the first result.  I would tell you my discovery but what would be the fun in that?  Wouldn’t you rather practice your research skills and conduct the search yourself?

On Monday, September 20, 2010 Ms. Hilton plead guilty to two misdemeanors in the cocaine possession case.  You may be asking yourself, how long will Ms. Hilton be behind bars?  The answer: she won’t spend a minute in jail, and instead she will pay $2,000 in fines, perform 200 hours of community service and complete an intensive substance abuse program.  So did Ms. Hilton get off easy? You be the judge.


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