Paris 2.0: An online plea for sympathy

A link to an online petition asking for California's governor to pardon Paris Hilton has been posted to her MySpace page.

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Oh, goodness.

Paris Hilton, socialite, sometimes actress, singer and heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune, is using the Web to dig up a get-out-of-jail-free card.

PC World reports that a link to this online petition has been posted to her MySpace page. The petition urges California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to pardon the socialite, who was recently sentenced to 45 days in jail for driving with a suspended license. She has been ordered to report to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, Calif., on June 5.

It's not clear who the source of the petition is, and to describe it as over-the-top would be putting it mildly. A sample of the reasons she should be granted leniency, according to the petition:

--"She provides hope for young people all over the U.S. and the world. She provides beauty and excitement to (most of) our otherwise mundane lives."

--In addition, she "is notable for her leading roles on the FOX reality series The Simple Life and in the remake of the Vincent Price horror classic House of Wax.

--And besides, "Paris Hilton did not hurt, injure, or kill anyone or anything."

It's not clear how many have signed the petition. But Schwarzenegger probably won't be losing much sleep over this one.