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Post by kieferfan13 on Tue Nov 27, 2007 10:59 pm

Got a goole alert for this. Thought I would share with you all.

Michael Rechtshaffen wrote:

HOLLYWOOD -- Thanksgiving weekend in Los Angeles.

It's a time for celebration with family and friends, a time for expressing gratitude and taking stock of the year's bounties as well as acknowledging the have-nots.

That would be those who have not done any jail time for DUI convictions.

Yes sir, it's been quite the year, what with Paris, then Nicole, then Lindsay and, coming soon, Kiefer, doing some slumming in the slammer.

And while a couple of those actual sentences served were almost comical -- such as Lindsay's recent 84-minute stint -- the situation prompted plenty of table discussion on Turkey Day.

"Are celebrity sentences intended as a warning to those easily impressed by reckless behaviour -- and pass the cranberry sauce, please?"

"Or are they to the '00s what high colonics were to the '90s -- an admittedly uncomfortable but nevertheless trendy, must-have rite of passage -- and Aunt Peggy, you've really outdone yourself with the candied yams this year!"

But as the debate continued, as to whether justice had been served (along with the pumpkin chiffon pie), many a gathering arrived at the consensus that famous folk don't seem to be learning from the mistakes of Mel and company.

Over the past few months those drunk driving convictions have just kept on coming.

Rebecca De Mornay found herself in some real risky business on the night before Halloween when she was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence after being stopped in Beverly Hills for a traffic violation.

A week earlier, former TV host Gary Collins was slapped with a DUI arrest after he collided with an 89-year-old motorist. He was subsequently booked on misdemeanour charges and released from a San Fernando Valley jail after posting a $40,000 bond.

Meanwhile, over in Miami, Mickey Rourke was in the DUI dog house after making an illegal turn on his Vespa in the wee hours of the morning. His speech was slurred and his face was flushed, according to reports.

Maybe the threat of doing piddling Lindsay-and-Nicole-time just isn't enough of a deterrent for these people.

Perhaps it will take something more along the lines of Kiefer Sutherland's comparatively extended sentence to make them think twice about getting behind the wheel (or, in Mickey's case, the handlebars), after they've had a few too many.

Originally, Kiefer was supposed to serve the first 18 days of his sentence starting Dec. 21 and then complete the remaining 30 days before July 1, in order to accommodate his 24 production schedule.

But with the ongoing writers' strike forcing the postponement of the series' seventh season, Sutherland may just decide to serve the entire time and get it over with.

Chances are good he won't have to serve the entire 48 days, anyway.

Thanks to California's seriously overcrowded prison situation, sentences that were originally handed down for a period of days have been whittled down to mere minutes.

With a surge in privately-run prisons addressing that overflow, maybe the moment has come for the establishment of a permanent structure reserved exclusively for the young and the arrested. They say Alcatraz can be quite breathtaking at this time of year.

That would be great if his sentence was shorten..... cheers Lets all pray it is santa

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