Talk about a tease.
Paris Hilton's tumultuous week of being in jail, then out of jail and under house arrest, has come to an end. The heiress got a taste of the comforts of her own home for a little more than 24 hours before the judge sent her right back where she came -- jail.
Hilton was spotted crying when she was driven from her house to the court, and the crying continued in the courtroom. Despite both of her parents being there for support, she fought back tears throughout the entire proceedings. In addition, she was rocking back and forth and was visibly shaking.
Once Superior Court Judge Michael T. Sauer ordered her returned to jail to serve her entire 45-day sentence for a parole violation in a reckless driving case, Hilton completely broke down. Screaming and crying, she shouted "Mom!" and "It's not right!" She was helped physically from the room.
Hilton seemed to have been caught in the middle of a power struggle between the judge and the sheriff. The arguments heard in today's courtroom were dominated by who had the right to determine the manner in which Hilton would serve her sentence.
Sauer said he never endorsed the Los Angeles County sheriff's decision to release Hilton from jail and into home confinement after only three days because of an unspecified medical condition.
"At no time did I approve the defendant being released from custody to her home on Kings Road," Sauer said.
The judge said he asked repeatedly for Sheriff Lee Baca to file motions regarding Hilton's medical status, but he failed to see one come across his desk.
The sheriff ultimately yielded to the judge's wishes. Hilton was sentenced to 40 days at the Lynwood facility where she started her jail time. But if she behaves herself, she can shave off days of her sentence. Inmates are given a day off for every four days of good behavior.
Hilton was picked up at her home by a black-and-white patrol car and driven to court in handcuffs.
The judge ordered the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to get Hilton and bring her to court after a back-and-forth decision on whether or not she would physically show up in court. L.A. Superior Court Public Information Officer Allan Parachini said earlier in the day that Hilton would join the hearing via a conference call.
As police arrived at Hilton's Hollywood Hills home this morning, helicopters hovered overhead, and a band of Chihuahuas could be seen on her patio barking at all the action.
Critics have said the whole escapade illustrates a flaw in the judicial system.
"We cannot tolerate a two-tiered jail system, where the rich and powerful receive special treatment," said Los Angeles City attorney Rocky Delgadillo, the prosecutor on the case.
Delgadillo questioned why Hilton's medical condition wasn't treated at the detention facility, which has a medical staff and an infirmary.
Not only that, but Sauer wrote in court documents that Hilton was not allowed to substitute a lesser punishment for time in jail.
"No work furlough. No work release. No electronic monitoring," Sauer explicitly wrote.
And yet, Hilton was "reassigned" to her multimillion dollar home in Hollywood Hills, where she was required to wear a monitored ankle bracelet for 40 days. The ankle bracelet had a range of 3,000 to 4,000 square feet.