Wife of City Atty. in Paris Hilton Case Drove Under Suspension, Got Fine Only
You may not care about Paris Hilton and her 23 day jail sentence, but I care about hypocrisy in the criminal justice system.
The L.A. Times reports:
[Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky] Delgadillo had argued that the hotel heiress should spend more time in jail for driving with a suspended license and violating her probation on alcohol-related reckless driving charges. Later that day, Delgadillo acknowledged in response to inquiries from reporters that his wife had been ticketed for failing to obey a right-turn-only sign while driving her personal car with a suspended license in 2005.
Paris was sentenced for a probation violation for driving under suspension while on probation. Mrs. Delgadillo also drove under suspension and committed a traffic offense while doing so. She was not charged with driving under suspension, only the traffic offense, and was fined $186.00.
Mrs. Delgadillo was under suspension for causing a traffic accident and not having insurance. According to California law, the penalty for driving under suspension is a fine between $5,000 and $25,000.00. She also failed to file an accident report.
Delgadillo now refuses to answer questions about whether his wife was driving his city-owned car when it was damaged and he submitted claims for more than $2,000. to the city for its repair. The city paid the claim. At the time Delgadillo submitted the claims, his wife was under suspension.
Michelle Delgadillo's license was suspended for "driving without proof of insurance and causing an accident," said Mike Miller, a spokesman for the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Michelle Delgadillo did not file a copy of the accident report with the DMV, Miller said, but the other driver involved in the accident did. Reports are required whenever an accident involves injury or more than $750 in damage. When she failed to provide proof of insurance, the DMV suspended her license from July 25, 2004, through March 6, 2007, Miller said.
On Sept. 13, 2005, Delgadillo was issued a ticket by a Los Angeles Police Department officer from West Traffic Division at 6th Street and Fairfax Place. She was driving the family's personal vehicle, a Ford Expedition, according to the ticket.
As to the accident in Delgadillo's city-owned vehicle,
...a source close to the city attorney told of being informed that the car had been backed into a structure in the parking garage of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when Delgadillo's wife, Michelle, was there for a medical appointment.
Two other sources, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said Delgadillo occasionally has allowed his wife to use the sport utility vehicle.
The suspension of her license took effect one week before her husband turned the Yukon in to the city garage Aug. 2, 2004, to repair damage from a collision.
The repair report submitted by Delgadillo said he was driving. Now, he won't answer whether it was him or his wife at the time he submitted the bill.
In other Paris news, her fellow inmates are delighted to have her back. They are getting extra perks, probably in hopes they'll keep quiet.
Several inmates at Lynwood told reporters that prison guards were treating them to extra shampoo, blankets and biscuits amid fears they could be accused of giving the reality television star special treatment.
"Since she was here last week, they started giving us double bologna, double apple juices. Two blankets instead of one - and a sheet, too! Everyone has cookies coming out of their pockets,” Rosemary Gibbons, 35, who was released from the jail on Thursday, told the New York Daily News.
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