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Paris Hilton Sent Back to the Pokey

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Tears, shrieks and wails broke out in the LA courtroom where Paris Hilton was sent back to jail just moments ago.

Crying, "MOM! MOM! MOM!" the heiress was lead out of the downtown court, the nexus of mayhem, hordes of press, and gaggles of paparazzi.

L.A. Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini told the media that Judge Michael T. Sauer had heard from the County Council's office (representing the Sheriff's Dept.), the city attorney, and Ms. Hilton's defense team and ruled that he was remanding Paris to custody to the Sheriff "to serve the remainder of her sentence at the Century Regional Detention Center."

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Parachini said the judge did not address the contempt of court issue raised by the city attorney against Sheriff Lee Baca for releasing Hilton to her home yesterday.

Earlier today local and national networks broke into programming to show the flocks of paparazzi and press outside the heiress's home trying to get a glimpse of the city's most infamous inmate as sheriffs escorted her from her house in West Hollywood, down La Cienega, down the 10 and into a back entrance under the courthouse.

Parachini explained that the judge was contacted yesterday by an under-sheriff of the sheriff's department who asked him if he would modify his sentencing order. The judge asked for the department to file the appropriate paperwork, which they allegedly never submitted to him. Once the judge was made aware that Hilton had been released to her home, he asked the sheriff to bring her to court this morning.

After much delay, Hilton finally made it into the cruiser at around 10:30am, where she was photographed, above, and here, crying in the back seat on her way to the court. Helicopters and planes flew above the procession. One plane flew a message of support but turned out to be an ad for a new ABC tee vee show.

Paris could now spend her entire 45-day sentence (not just 20+ days) in the slammer.

AP photo by Nick Ut