kanye & pap (screenshot)*If you actually believed that Kanye West was going to catch a case for tussling with a photog and allegedly stealing an item from him last week, well then we’ve got some swamp land in Florida we’ll sell you at a discount.

TMZ thinks that Ye has a really good lawyer. They’re saying that authorities have told them that its virtually a lock that he won’t be charged with any crime in connection with last week’s paparazzo attack.

Here’s the way we’re told it will play out.

LAPD robbery detectives are investigating the photog’s allegation that Kanye tried to steal his camera — but our sources say that dog won’t hunt.  The D.A. will NEVER charge Kanye with felony attempted robbery, because there’s no proof he tried to pilfer the camera at LAX.

We’re told cops will send the attempted robbery file to the D.A. and they expect it will be rejected within days.

The next step — the file goes to the L.A. City Attorney for a possible misdemeanor criminal battery prosecution.   But here’s why that won’t happen.  We’re told Kanye is willing to ante up some cash to make the case go away, and it’s perfectly legal.  It’s called a civil compromise and it’s done everyday.

You can bet your bottom dollar that the next time Kanye and the paps meet up, something stupid is going to happen.