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Justin Bieber

D.A. Doesn't Want CELEBRITY JUSTICE

3/8/2014 12:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The L.A. County District Attorney wants to make sure Justin Bieber is treated like Joe Schmoe when they charge him with egging his neighbor's house ... and that's why the case hasn't been filed.

Law enforcement sources involved in the case tell TMZ ... prosecutors are still evaluating 2 factors in deciding whether to charge Bieber with a misdemeanor or a felony.  First, the D.A. is digging deep into the exact amount of damage the yoking cost the homeowner. 

As we first reported ... the homeowner submitted estimates to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. putting the total tab at around $20K.

The D.A. is also looking at similar cases they and other law enforcement agencies have prosecuted, to determine if a misdemeanor or a felony is most appropriate.  They don't want this to look like "celebrity justice."  The complicating factor -- they've already charged Lil Za with FELONY vandalism for breaking a $400 jail phone.

Our sources say the amount of damage isn't the only factor.  The egregiousness of the act is also a big factor. 

Notice we are not couching this post by saying Bieber might not be charged.  That's because we're told he will be charged ... the only issue is whether it's a misdemeanor or a felony.  If you're betting, go with the former.

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Doodlebug    

First

142 days ago
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BLUE UGLY 💩    

Prison time for Beaver

142 days ago
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Lucky_130    

We have seen this with Lindsay Lohan more than once, and she always walks. They might get JB in Miami, but LA justice is a complete joke

142 days ago
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Doodlebug    

Justin has been self destructive ever since he was booed at an award show . I think that traumatized him for life

142 days ago
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Champagne Jayne    

*Throws a rotten egg at Bieber. *

142 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

The L.A. County District Attorney wants to make sure Justin Bieber is treated like Joe Schmoe when they charge him...................I HEAR IN JAIL THEY TREAT JOE SCHMOE IN DOGGY STYLE, I HOPE BIEBER GETS THAT TOO..

142 days ago
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StopTheMadneZz    

20k for a carton of eggs?

142 days ago
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Youphemism    

The question is really how to expect anything other than celebrity justice.

The charge itself is based on the value of the property he egged. So, it's a felony to egg the house of a rich enough person, but a misdemeanor to egg the house of a less wealthy person, according to the very law they're using.

But, because it's Beiber, they're giving it extra scrutiny, under the pretense of treating it like every other case. Put on your hip waders as they find a way not to punish him like everyone else, in the name of punishing him like everyone else, when they throw eggs at a house that is nicer that most of the ones owned by everyone else.

The courthouse is the only place people walk in L.A.

142 days ago
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trinicont    

wow tmz nothing else going on to report about?

142 days ago
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bkblueknight    

this kid pissed off the wrong person

142 days ago
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shakedoggy    

beeber kinda nutty

142 days ago
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static    

He will be ordered to pay for the damage he cuts a check and it's over. IF LA county doesn't botch the case.

142 days ago
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Annie    

This is incredible, if this was joe schmoe, they wouldn't be taking so long to charge him or what to charge him with. I am so tired of this boy thinking and acting like he can get away with anything. I am tired of celebrities who pull this kind of crap or DUI's and all that happens is they keep going back to rehab. Like seriously, rehab actually works for them. It's about time that the laws started treating people like equals. Either treat "joe schmoe" like the celebs or treat them like us.

142 days ago
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beachgal    

Charges will be felony malicious yolking and misdemeanor scrambling.

142 days ago
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WTF    

They don't want it to look like "celebrity justice"? There is no such thing!. They get away with everything, They should nail him to the wall and set a precedence

142 days ago
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