When Paris Hilton was released from jail early, the prosecutor who put her there, Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, complained about a two-tiered jail system where “the rich and powerful receive special treatment.” Now, Delgadillo has acknowledged his wife had committed a similar infraction – driving with a suspended license. Among other things, reports the Associated Press, he admitted sticking the taxpayers with the bill after his wife crashed his city-issued car in 2004, and that staffers have run personal errands and baby-sat his children. “He was living in somewhat of a glass house,” said Raphael Sonenshein, a political scientist at California State University, Fullerton.
The disclosures have led the California bar and the city Ethics Commission to open investigations of one of Los Angeles’ highest-ranking law enforcement officers. Delgadillo, 46, is an up-and-coming Democrat whose close advisers are said to refer to themselves as “Team 1600,” a reference to the Pennsylvania Avenue address of the White House. He had little trouble in office up until two weeks ago. On the same day he spoke about Hilton, he acknowledged that his wife, Michelle, got a ticket for driving with a suspended license in 2005. Just like the hotel heiress, his wife claimed to be unaware of the suspension, he said.