Judge Orders Paris Hilton Back to the Slammer

Today, Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ordered that Paris Hilton be returned to jail, and Ms. Hilton was taken from the courtroom screaming and crying.  “It’s not right!” shouted the weeping Hilton.

Earlier, Hilton had been seen sobbing after she was placed into a black-and-white patrol car at her Hollywood mansion while appearing to be in handcuffs.  The patrol car then sped away from her home with lights flashing as news helicopters pursued, broadcasting live television coverage.

The car that was carrying her disappeared into the courthouse’s underground parking lot, avoiding a swarm of news media, and her parents then arrived.  When Hilton finally was escorted by police deputies into the actual courtroom, she was disheveled, without makeup, hair askew and face red with tears.

In the hearing, Judge Sauer based his ruling upon arguments presented by the City Attorney.  The City Attorney’s complaint stated that the county sheriff did not have the right to reassign her to electronically monitored home detention after Hilton had spent only three days in jail for violating probation in her reckless driving case.

The frenzy had begun early yesterday, when sheriff’s officials released Hilton because of an undisclosed “alleged” medical condition and sent her home to stay at her Hollywood mansion under house arrest.  She had been in jail for only three days.  The decision by Sheriff Lee Baca to move Hilton angered prosecutors and Judge Sauer, who had clearly spelled out during the initial sentencing that Hilton was not allowed to serve house detention.

I at no time condoned the actions of the sheriff and at no time told him I approved the actions,” Judge Sauer stated.  “At no time did I approve the defendant being released from custody to her home.”  A fuming Judge Sauer said that despite promises to the contrary, the sheriff had not provided any medical evidence in support of Hilton’s reassignment to home arrest.

The news about Ms. Hilton dominated news coverage today.  At CNN, the news was breaking during the cable news network’s daily CNN International news hour.  The Paris Hilton story led the show after one commercial break, coming even before updates on the G8 Summit and Italy’s Rendition Trial.

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Harlem’s Painted Lady: 65 East 125th Street

Camilo Jose Vergara: Invincible Cities

Venice in Harlem: 1908 Adam Clayron Powell Blvd.

Invincible Cities

Since 1977, Camilo Jose Vergara has been using photography to document the the transformation of urban landscapes in America. He describes his approach as interdisciplinary, using techniques from fields that include sociology, architecture, photography, urban planning, history and anthropology. Vergara has focused upon the gradual erosion of urban neighborhoods through neglect and abandonment, often photographing the same structures repeatedly over decades in order to capture this process of of urban decay. The photography presented here is from Vergara’s project entitled Invincible Cities.

65 East 125th Street: 1977

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65 East 125th Street: 1980

65 East 125th Street: 1980

65 East 125th Street: 1981

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65 East 125th Street: 2001

65 East 125th Street: 2001

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