Famed American beauty and actress, Paris Hilton, has been charged with felony cocaine possesion. This charge came following a weekend arrest in Las Vegas. While Hilton maintains that she remains innocent in all of this, authorities state that the hotel heiress will face up to 4 years in prison if found guilty.
While the court of public opinion has been quick to condmen Hilton as guilty, let’s look at the facts. Everything started when, according to police reports, an officer saw Paris Hilton in a car and decided to make Hilton, along with her friends, stop and pull over. There is no word yet on why the officer decided that Paris Hilton needed to be pulled over, bringing questions of procedural ethics into the fray.
Next, the officer claims that as he sauntered up to the car, he could smell the ‘strong odor of marijuana’ everywhere around the vehicle. The reports also state that this pull-over occurred on Friday night, on the famed Las Vegas strip. Locals who frequent the area purport that the ‘strong smell of marijuana’ is a typical Friday night scent for the Las Vegas strip.
Being such a busy area, soon the officer and his falsely arrested Paris Hilton had attracted a crowd, a jeering crowd of more than 100 people. Frantic and buzzing, the crowd had cameras and cell-phone cameras, taking numerous pictures of Hilton. Hilton became flustered and embarassed, as a part of her celebrity and market is her personal apperance. She was out to have fun with friends; the officer in question had made her a public spectacle.
Crying and mentally traumatized, the disheveled Hilton begged the officer to let her run into a nearby hotel so she could at least apply some lip balm to her chapped lips. The officer said no and as Hilton desperately reached for an unknown purse in the car, to find some sort of make-up, the officer claims, “I saw a small bindle of what I believed to be cocaine in a clear baggie begin to fall from the purse and into my hand.”
Seizing what could have been Hilton’s private property, without warrant, the officer claims the his digging probe into the purse also uncovered ‘cigarette wrappers commonly used for marijuana and a broken tablet of Albuterol.’
Hilton was shocked that the officer would claim and assume all the contents in the purse belonged to her. Hilton stated that the Albuterol, a prescription medicine, and $1,300 in the purse were hers.
Hilton, however, denied the .8 grams of cocaine and the purse itself were hers. Perhaps someone placed her belongings in the purse for safe keeping, as Hilton typically does not carry around a purse or handbag in a large city.
When the officer asked Hilton about the supposed bag of cocaine, she said she ‘had not seen it, but now thought it was gum.”
Biased Court of Public Opinion
The public media loves to see the fall of young stars and starlettes. Paris Hilton is the latest victim.
Far too often, cops forget that their place in the law is not profiling and picking out people, based on their outward appearance. Had this cop pulled over a van full of Arabs, because ‘they looked suspicious in their terror robes and may have tried to blow something up’, and then claimed a random sack of groceries in the back of their car contained chemicals and prescription drugs, he would be called into desk duty for allowing prejudice to compromise his duty. He would be guilty of illegal search and seizure, without just cause or a warrant.
And let’s say all of these accusations were true. Paris Hilton and her friends did smoke some drugs and had a designated driver take them to a hotel party. These are young kids in Las Vegas, just trying to get away from responsibilities of life for a weekend in the city of sin, maybe they did have some magic hooka weed. Perhaps they were in giggly duress and under the influence of magic mint.
These things are not grounds for a true arrest. They were not hurting anyone; they were not causing trouble or selling drugs to other kids, or using weapons to cause drug-related shootings and deaths. They were simple celebrities, trying to have a weekend getaway.
Politicians of all walks of life have done the same. We have Barack Obama who admits to using cocaine and weed in his younger days. We have Bill Clinton who admits to the same, sans the cocaine.
Hilton admitted the Albuterol belonged to her — as well as the $1,300 in cash in the purse — but denied that the cocaine — .8 grams, to be exact — and the purse were hers. No marijuana was even found to be in the car. Hilton said the cocaine was unknown to her, and there’s no way to prove otherwise, beyond reasonable doubt.
Paris Hilton is a victim; a target. The liberal Court of Public Opinion wants to condemn her for typical youthful errors. They do not want her to be absolved for mistakes she’s made in the past, mistakes that have made her stronger and put her in the place to help others. These people want to forget that everyone is human, people make mistakes. Hilton has confessed that she has made errors in the past, but through prayer and family support, she is beyond such petty things.
Hilton has been targetted by gang members, who have intimidated her into drinking alcohol and smoking drugs. We must remember it took much help and prayer for Hilton to overcome these traumas. Even on videotape, there was evidence of black gang rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg — affiliated with a terrifying Los Angeles street gang — coercing Hilton to wear a provocative outfit, serve drinks, do some drugs and dance in a bar. This was the segue to a very dangerous lifestyle, a way of life that thousands of young, upstanding girls who get tied into the wrong crowds get forced into each and every years. Just watch the movie Traffic to understand how this can happen to any innocent, suburban girl.
We must remember that we live in the United States of America. Every person is innocent until proven guilty. Paris Hilton is innocent. She is innocent and did not own that .8 grams of cocaine, exactly as she stated.
Hilton also updated her Twitter with the following message, to her fans and Americans who support the Constitution: “I’m so thankful to all my fans for all the love and support you are giving me.”