I admit it. I am a bit obsessed with the recent Paris Hilton going to jail news. On a news show round-table on Fox TV [video] the other day someone remarked on how Ms. Hilton’s going to jail might very well end up advancing her career. To which, one of the other commentators asked — with all sincerity — what is her career? Can we not at least give her some credit for making the news while totally lacking in any ability beyond the ability to make the news?
Anyway, how would China law treat its own Ms. Hilton? How would the Chinese Paris Hilton handle such an arrest? In the U.S. legal system, the chance of a wealthy person going to jail is less than that of a poor person who has committed the same crime. I think much of the reason for this is that the wealthy person is able to hire a much better legal team, rather than inherent corruption in the system. Does the same hold true in China?