...The fact that there were felony charges filed at all is astonishing in its own right, as an exposé conducted by [an entertainment newspaper] revealed that in court records of all 5,000 grand theft felony cases filed in Los Angeles County last year, not one defendant was facing penalties as harsh as Ryder's. In fact, in all cases involving theft exceeding the amount alleged in Ryder's case, the defendants received standard misdemeanor plea deals. The district attorney's office has refused to accept a plea for anything less than a felony in Ryder's case.
In fact, the district attorney's office has refused to accept Saks' own multiple requests to drop the charges against Ryder.
...Instead of pleading this case out and getting on with the business of prosecuting murderers and rapists, Cooley's office has now diverted at least eight attorneys to work full time on this case, with a deputy district attorney having to reschedule a murder prosecution so she can convict Ryder.
The T-shirt image on Bill's site, by the way, is of a real shirt created by an L.A. boutique; the accused movie star even models one on the cover of a recent W magazine. I thought they were a hoot when I saw them (via Salon, I think) and ordered one myself, a few months back.