Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is being questioned over Paris Hilton's initial release from jail.
The law enforcer was questioned over his decision to allow the famous socialite to serve her sentence at her Hollywood home, despite the Superior Court judge ruling that jail was a necessity.
Within just 24 hours, Paris was taken back to prison amongst media chaos.
Baca appeared before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and explained that Paris' illness was so bad she could have died. While the mystery illness has never been exposed, during her brief public appearances over the past month, "The Simple Life" star has appeared to be the picture of health.
According to PEOPLE, Baca told the Board, "Our doctors said we had no solution to Hilton's medical problems. None. As a sheriff in this county, I'm not going to let any inmate die in this jail. What's worth more, a person spending time in a county jail for driving on a suspended license or a person losing her life?"
Baca also came under fire during the Paris drama after it was discovered that the Hilton family had donated money to his re-election campaign.
However, the sheriff produced medical evidence from doctors that the heiress was definitely ill during her time in jail.
He continued, "She was at a place where we couldn't fix whatever that medical problem was with the resources we have. We knew this problem was not going to get better. We were placed in a very unusual and awkward position with Ms. Hilton."
Even the Supervisor of the meeting, Don Knabe, was aware that Paris was all-smiles when out of the confines of prison. He noted, "She looked pretty healthy at the MTV Awards before going into jail."
Paris was released from the Los Angeles County Jail just after midnight on June 26. She served 23 days of a 45-day sentence.
Baca told the Board, "Everyone who goes in to serve county jail time is early released. If Ms. Hilton got preferential treatment, it's that she spent more time in the county jail than the average inmate."