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Unfair? Convict Downey gets to work on movies

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Robert Downey Jr. will be let out of jail again long enough to work on movies, over objections from the sheriff and prosecutors.

A judge in Malibu, Calif., on Tuesday cleared the way for more working field trips by the actor, who is serving a six-month jail sentence for drug violations. Downey has been allowed to leave jail twice before.Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block has said the excursions were disruptive to the jail, and a prosecutor argued that Downey was getting preferential treatment.

"I don't view Mr. Downey as being treated specially at all," Municipal Judge Lawrence Mira said.

The actor was jailed in December for violating probation by failing to stay clean and sober.