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Paris Hilton asks for Schwarzenegger pardon, re-hires publicist

By Christopher Rocchio, 05/08/2007 

Paris Hilton reportedly has turned to the one man she feels can keep her from serving a 45-day prison sentence:  The Governator.

The Simple Life star and hotel heiress -- who was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating her probation on a September 2006 drunken driving misdemeanor on Friday -- posted a message on her page on Monday that urges fans to petition California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to ask that she be pardoned, People reported Tuesday.

"My friend Joshua started this petition, please help and [sign] it. i LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!" Hilton wrote, according to People.

Following her DUI last September, Hilton got off pretty lightly -- that is until February when she was arrested once again in Los Angeles for driving without a valid license, which led prosecutors to recommend that she serve time behind bars for violating her earlier probation. Last Friday, she was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating her probation and must report to jail by Tuesday, June 5. 

Hilton has since denounced the sentencing as "cruel and unwarranted" and claimed that she was only driving because Elliot Mintz, her publicist, had "repeatedly informed" her that although her license had been suspended, she was still allowed to drive for work-related purposes.   While an appeal has already been filed, Hilton is hoping that if it fails, a pardon from Schwarzenegger will suffice.

"I urge all fans and supporters and all that are outraged by injustice to sign this petition," wrote Hilton, according to People.

As part of her initial response to her sentencing, Hilton fired Mintz.  However the 62-year-old veteran publicist has now been re-hired by Hilton and the two were spotted -- ironically enough -- in Los Angeles at Paramount Studio's New York lot for the Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Awareness celebration of its annual Sober Day on Monday night.

"Paris and I met last night," Mintz told People. "I am still her media rep. She is still my client. She is also a dear friend."

While Hilton -- a well-publicized socialite -- is using the power of a social-networking website to get a pardon, not all those who posted on her MySpace page were in full support.

"It's so frustrating to me when famous people get off lightly for crimes that a regular person would be held full responsibility for," a user called "Raven" wrote on Hilton's MySpace page, People reported.  "I don't think she should get a full 45 days though. She didn't hurt anybody and she seems very sorry. I can see letting her go without jail time if she takes some kind of classes about alcohol abuse."

As part of her original sentencing for the DUI, Hilton was also supposed to enroll in alcohol education classes within 21 days.   However similiar to her license suspension, she ignored the sentencing requirement and failed to enroll in an alcohol education program by the court-ordered deadline -- a move that also contributed to length of her subsequent jail sentence.

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