Kim Richards violated probation, but her missteps really weren't that bad

Aug 25, 2016 at 12:25 a.m. ET
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Yes, RHOBH's Kim Richards recently violated her probation and got away with it, but before we get all "gh, celebrities always think they're above the law" on her, we need to take a step back and recognize that she really probably didn't deserve to get thrown in the clink.

As you probably remember, Richards was busted for shoplifting $600 worth of merchandise from a Los Angeles area Target back in 2015 and continued on a downward spiral that ended with more than one stint in rehab.

For her sticky-fingered transgressions, Richards was ordered to complete 30 days of community service and 52 sessions with Alcoholics Anonymous, but failed to meet the deadline for both and ended up in court this week — where she faced the very real chance of ending up behind bars.

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However, after hearing Richards is up to date on her AA meetings and has done the majority of her community service, the judge let her walk away with a slap on the wrist and no jail time, according to TMZ. The judge ordered Richards to stay on probation and to complete the remainder of her community service by her next hearing in November.

Richards may not have met the requirements originally laid out for her by the court, but we're going to have to go ahead and side with the judge's ruling to let her walk free on this one. Richards has taken serious steps to better her life over the past year, and it seems pretty harsh to throw the book at her at this point. It's not like she completely blew off her meetings or community service — it's obvious she's making a real effort to finish what she's been ordered to do.

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Richards has appeared happy and healthy as of late, and after the devastating loss of her ex, Monty Brinson, earlier this year, we think it's time that she catches a break.

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What do you think? Was the judge too lenient on Richards?

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