Paris Hilton won’t be charged with theft.

Paris Hilton won’t be charged with theft.
Paris Hilton won’t be charged with theft for allegedly stealing a copy of her own sex tape from a newsstand. As the AP reports, “The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office dropped the case for lack of evidence after investigating the hotel heiress for suspicion of petty theft.” DA office rep Irene Wakabayashi told the AP, “The evidence presented is not of such convincing force that a reasonable and objective jury would unanimously agree that the suspect is guilty.” The evidence in question is, like, only a freakin’ video of Paris taking the tape. What the DA’s office rep probably meant was something similar to what the Florida State Attorney’s assistant said when announcing they wouldn’t seek jail time for a surgeon who hired a hit man: “Sending a person of Dr. Mackey’s stature for this offense away to prison would certainly not be justice.” Justice, of course, is different for well-connected dentists, socialites without lives, and everyone else.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.