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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Stars are Treated Differently than Citizens

Drug use among "stars" is more common these days as can be seen in the headlines, it seems like every week there are stars who get arrested with drugs ostensibly without very much punishment. Celebrities have an above the law mentality and when you bring drugs into the picture things can become messy. Paris Hilton is one of those stars that appears to dance around the authorities with her drug use. Just last summer, Hilton was detained in South Africa for allegedly smoking marijuana at the World Cup. Her publicist called the July 2 incident "a complete misunderstanding," and the case was dropped. There are many people who do not believe that to be a big deal, a little marijuana; but, it is still illegal in a number of places around the world.

Last weekend, Hilton was riding in a black Cadillac Escalade which was pulled over in front of the Wynn Hotel on the Vegas strip. Police detected the smell of marijuana coming from the SUV, Lt. Wayne Holman told CNN. The driver, Cy Waits, a Las Vegas nightclub mogul and the rumored boyfriend of Hilton was arrested for driving under the influence and Hilton was arrested for cocaine possession. Paris Hilton was released from a Las Vegas, Nevada, jail Saturday morning.

"This matter will be dealt with in the courts, not in the media, and I encourage people not to rush to judgment until all of the facts have been dealt with in a court of law," Hilton's attorney, David Chesnoff, said in a statement. Not much of a surprise there; and Hilton will, more likely than not, skirt this case - pay a small fine and continue living her life. The average addict arrested with cocaine is looking at doing time for sure, almost a guarantee; celebrities in most cases get a hundred "get out of jail free cards" before a judge gets fed up and decides to inconvenience a celebrity's life. It sends a poor message to the public when stars are treated differently than regular citizens.

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