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Former Miss USA fined for shoplifting

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Shannon Marketic won her Miss USA title in 1992.

    Commentary
    by Bruce Felps

    Life, apparently, has been a series of unsatisfying court cases for Shannon Marketic since the now-Dallas-resident won the Miss USA title in 1992.

    Not long after the 1997 pageant, she sued the sultan of Brunei and his brother who she claimed held her against her will, gassed her, and played a naughty unwelcomed game of touchie-feelie. She failed in her bid to collect $90 million in damages because the presiding judge ruled the sultan had sovereign immunity.

    Late last week, a Denton court fined her $500 plus $210 in court costs in relation to her 2010 charge of shoplifting about $90 worth of skin-treatment products and baby items, according to an article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    Soon after her arrest, she tried to explain to The Dallas Morning News that the merchandise rolled under her purse while she was in the store and she failed to see the goods before walking out. Oh well, these things happen … and then you get fined $500 plus $210 in court costs.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He wishes he had sovereign immunity.