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Lindsay Lohan: Bad Jewelry = Good Defense to Felony

2/12/2011 10:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan's bad taste in jewelry could be the key to her defense, because according to TMZ's research, the necklace in question may not have enough value to constitute felony grand theft.

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In order to charge a defendant with a felony, the item in question must have a fair market value of more than $950.

Kamofie & Company was selling the necklace for $2,500.  But we checked with three prominent jewelers in L.A., and they claim the price tag is grossly inflated.

The jewelers asked us not to identify their stores by name, but here's their assessment of the item.  We gave them information from the necklace designer, who told TMZ it was comprised of 8.84 carats of natural, untreated yellow diamonds.

-- A Santa Monica jeweler told us the necklace is "a dime a dozen," and he wouldn't think of selling it for more than $1,000.

-- A downtown L.A. jeweler says if the item is retailing for $2,500, it means "the stone is cheap," adding, "It's most likely an industrial-type diamond, not gem quality."  He says the necklace is worth no more than $900.

-- A San Fernando Valley jeweler says, "I don't believe this necklace has 8 carats of diamonds.  It's so thin."  She says the chain would sell in the jewelry district of downtown L.A. for $800 tops -- and probably less. 

Under California law, if the necklace is worth $950 or less, Lindsay could only be charged with petty theft, a misdemeanor.  The maximum penalty is 6 months in L.A. County Jail -- and with jail overcrowding she's looking at a short stint.

If Lindsay's lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley can convince the judge that the necklace is cheap, Lindsay could dodge the biggest bullet yet.


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61.

SOOTHE    

Once again Harvey's legal eagle mind proves to us why he is deligated to the streets with a mic on People's Court, instead
of being in a courtroom practicing law. Nobody in their right
mind would retain him.

1161 days ago
62.

bb    

To all the people saying she gets away with more because she's a celebrity - I agree she does but not for the reasons you all think. I don't think there's some conspiracy in the court system that lets celebs get off easily. Yes, many 'average joes' would end up behind bars straight away, but there are also many non-famous criminals who skate time and time again because they can afford good lawyers and they are good at working the system. I think her celeb status lets her get away with more in the sense that people are afraid to press charges and testify against her for fear of the media circus and bad publicity that will inevitably come with it. Look at how this jewelry store has been accused of everything from outright framing Lohan for publicity, to having lax security, to vastly overpricing items, to selling sub-quality diamonds. Sure it's publicity, but it's BAD publicity.

1161 days ago
63.

casting couch    

Some Hollywood celebs seem to have a licence to steal.

1161 days ago
64.

mannequin    

Nothing in stores is worth the price tag on it.
We all know that Lindsay has no ethics, but has her lawyer none either?

1161 days ago
65.

Chaps    

"Kamofie & Company was selling the necklace for $2,500. But we checked with three prominent jewelers in L.A., and they claim the price tag is grossly inflated."

HA - hell the entire jewelry racket by its own design is highly inflated and overpriced.

Those jewelers are just jealous they dont have a nice storefront selling retail, they are just hiding behind buzzer doors doing pawn shop bizness.

They should try buying a new car at a dealership and then selling it in the newspaper for a profit.

And talking about overpriced worthless things - you can count LiLoHoes career as in the crapper right now.

1161 days ago
66.

Wayniac917    

the store has the neckalce valued at 2500, therefore it's a felony. it doesn't matter if the thing is worth 2 cents. What a Joke defense.

1161 days ago
67.

Soetoro    

Using that logic, should we all be able to walk into Target and steal as many Herbie Fully Loaded DVDs as we want because they are worthless? How about her two bit sisters CD, how much value can we ascribe to that? I mean, I think you should be arrested for buying one of these items, the proliferation of either of them makes the world dumber.

1161 days ago
68.

alan    

she would be great in porn movies mmmm maybe

1161 days ago
69.

Soetoro    

The best part is this necklace is "one of a kind". How exactly can other jewelers make this estimate given that it was a designer necklace? Since Lindsay went in there 5 times to "look at it" or "case the joint" depending on who you ask, its obviously really nice because she's a jewelry expert no? Last time I checked she is self proclaimed fashionista no? If she borrowed it, why would she "borrow" a cheep piece of junk? These people are so stupid they don't understand they contradict themselves with every moronic "leaked" report. Fing retards.

1161 days ago
70.

Pimpcessa    

For Christ sake people, calm down. TMZ is just messing with y'all. LL is going to the clink again for this most recent VOP. End of conversation. He said yesterday, even if this wasn't a felony, and was only a misdemeanor, it is still violating her probation. And that means JAIL time.

Rest assured LL will go in and get out, crying and whining all the way, her mother will tell us how horribly the courts have been to her "baby". And then a few months after she out....SHE WILL SCREW UP AGAIN. And we can sit here again and hope the prosecuter nails her azz to the wall..................

My point? Don't worry, if she doesn't do 6 months this time, she will the net time - she has no concept of how to stay out of trouble, she is here to entertain us with her shena****ns.

1161 days ago
71.

Soetoro    

Is it just my hangover, or am I the only one who logged on to TMZ and thought the lead story was about Dina Lohan? I mean, that is the face of a 45 year old women not a 24 year old girl. I thought the new story was going be Dina was actually the one who stole it as they are really twins at this point. What's that disease where you age three times as fast as normal people?

1161 days ago
72.

themare    

To those people who think the necklace is "crappy" and not worth 2,500.00 The necklace she stole is the small one. She turned it around so the yellow diamonds hang down her back and it was easier to conceal. Look at the pictures on www.xonline.com and look at the pictures under "Lindsay goes "shopping in Venice" There are a series of photographs taken (on the day of the theft, I think) You can see her wearing the stolen necklace and then when she realizes that the stolen necklace is being photographed, there is an, "OH,SH*T!" look on her face and she frantically tries to cover up her neck and hide the necklace she stole. I hope the pictures are used by the DA because they are PRICELESS!
It's a well known fact that Lindsay obsessively scours print ads looking for and cutting out her pictures, she must have seen these series of pics that showed her with the "loaned" necklace on(since we know the Lohans are on all of these sites). :D/snicker

1161 days ago
73.

Chaps    

Perhaps she could work it like this:

"Since inflation is so bad, that means when I was born, this piece is only worth 500 1984 Dollars, therefore when you consider the fact I was around back then, I should get off (pun intended) with a wink and a nod and a nudge, and hurry please, I have some more shopping to do!"

1161 days ago
74.

themare    

The Post Office crushes CD's and DVD's if there are no forwarding addresses. They consider them worthless. So does that mean we can get them for free in the stores because the GOVERNMENT says they aren't worth anything? HAH, lamest story, EVER

1161 days ago
75.

Sloane    

point is that when Lindsay took it she thought it was worth over two grand and grabbed it

a lot of the value of these items is not the stone and gold, it is in the hours that the designer spent creating it and setting all the individual stones-having the stones cut etc.

so yes- it can easily be worth that much- and they say untreated diamonds like that is a bad thing...would rather have natural diamonds than treated ones

I believe the Hope diamond was natural...not treated-hence the rarity and the value

and industrial quality...black diamonds were industrial until some teriffic/genius/massive marketing campaigns made them desired in fine jewelery

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