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July 28, 2007

Sentencing justice for Nicole Richie?

Because I cannot resist bringing a little People magazine to this blog, here's the story of Nicole Richie's recent sentencing on DUI charges:

Nicole Richie pleaded guilty to DUI and was sentenced to four days in jail on Friday in a Glendale, Calif., courthouse — just one month after her pal Paris Hilton walked free from behind bars.  She also agreed to serve a three-year probation term, and must enroll in an alcohol education program.  She was also fined $2,048.

During the hearing, Los Angeles County Commissioner Steven Lubell admonished Richie, saying: "Someone could've gotten killed.  You need to understand that driving under the influence is extremely dangerous."  Richie was given the option of serving her time in a paid city jail, which is seen as a cushier facility than a county jail.  She was given no surrender date, but must complete her jail time before Sept. 28.

Is this sentencing justice?  As detailed in some of the posts linked below, I tend to think most sentencings for drunk driving tend to be too lenient.

July 28, 2007 at 09:36 AM | Permalink

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Is this sentencing justice?

Definitely not. Any 4 days between now and the end of next month? I'm surprised they didn't just let her go on her parents' assurances that she's "sooo grounded." Does Southern California use the honor system when sentencing celebrities?

Posted by: | Jul 28, 2007 10:02:59 AM

I'm wondering why Paris had gotten probation for her first time but Nicole get to spend time in jail for her first time? Hmmm, nah, I don't think it was racist.

Posted by: Joe | Jul 28, 2007 12:48:58 PM

Not all states have mandatory minimum jail terms for first offence DUI. Is this good? I don’t know. I am not really sure that sending people to jail for 3 days really helps.

Of the states with mandatory minimums, most states that I am aware of allow judges, in their discretion, to set conditions for turn-in.

As a practical matter, a week-long (or even three day) long jail term can be devastating to many peoples’ livelihoods. Is this really the way we want to punish garden-variety DUIs?

Posted by: S.cotus | Jul 28, 2007 9:37:33 PM

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