Paris Hilton declares Hon. Federico Moreno 'my best judge forever'

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Paris Hilton declares Hon. Federico Moreno 'my best judge forever'

Mon Jul 13, 2009 @ 12:49PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Parispledge Trial is under way in a case that asks us to believe that Paris Hilton is not good at self-promotion. She's being sued for more than $8 million* because she allegedly failed to provide "reasonable promotion and publicity services" for the film "National Lampoon's Pledge This!"

Here's our favorite bit so far from the AP's recounting of this high-stakes legal drama:

The trial is being heard by Chief U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno, who reacted with surprise when Hilton gave him a little wave before testifying. "I've never had a witness wave at me before," the judge cracked.

In another exchange, Moreno was puzzled by the title of Hilton's current reality show, "My New BFF."

"What does that mean?" he said. After Hilton gave the title - "Paris Hilton's My New Best Friend Forever" - the judge remarked, "This will be my best case forever."

Without missing a beat, Hilton replied "You're my best judge forever."

Of course, there's tape of Hilton entering the courthouse too. She's wearing a spiffy black-and-white ensemble that certainly accessorizes the entourage of trailing lawyers quite well.   

*Correction: The original post incorrectly asserted that the plaintiff was seeking damages in excess of $75,000. In fact, the plaintiffs are looking to recover more than $8 million from Ms. Hilton.

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