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Lindsay to Plead No Contest to Theft

4/30/2011 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Lindsay Lohan will plead no contest to the misdemeanor theft charge she faces over that pesky necklace ... sources connected with the case tell TMZ.

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We're told Lindsay is committed to what she told Jay Leno this week -- that she wants to accept responsibility and move on with her life.

So Lindsay and her lawyer, Shawn Holley, will go back to Judge Stephanie Sautner as early as next week to enter the plea. 

Lindsay has already been sentenced to 120 days in jail for the probation violation, along with 480 hours of community service. Sources tell us Lindsay and her lawyer are banking on Judge Sautner not adding additional time on the theft charge. In other words, when Lindsay serves her 120-day sentence, that would be the end of it.  And sources familiar with the case say that would be a routine disposition.

L.A. County Sheriff's spokesperson Steve Whitmore tells TMZ his rough calculation is that Lindsay would serve three weeks, although there are variables to that.

We're also told the L.A. County District Attorney is inclined to give the case to the L.A. City Attorney, since the D.A. typically prosecutes felonies and the case is now a misdemeanor.  But now that Lindsay will plead no contest, it doesn't make a lot of sense for the D.A. to kick the case to the City Attorney.

Holley could not be reached for comment.



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481.

ilovegossip    

And you have the nerve to call others losers???

the Seeker 19 minutes ago

I spent 5 hours looking at it.
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I'm guessing you have no idea Bin Laden is dead...

1208 days ago
482.

Stump    

@ 90291

Your an idiot! California is the laughing stock of all America! A bankrupt state that was giving out IOU's for lack of funds, a corrupt elected judiciary where most judges are elected unopposed based on brokered favors between political parties. The shining moment in California judicial history is the OJ verdict. That achievement is now being followed by a perpetual revolving door for criminals, including felons and the violent who walk out of jail after serving as little as 10% of the gentle sentences they got. I'm glad I live the width of our nation away from the dump!

1208 days ago
483.

the Seeker    

ilikegossip
*bin lame-n is dead*
you usually have good intel hunnie but tonite imguessing you learned about it hours after me.FACT !!!!!

1208 days ago
484.

jeebus    

Or maybe she was just too busy celebrating like the rest of the world and posted it late???

1208 days ago
485.

jeebus    

woke up early this morning and randomly found this stupid comment. Whats wrong little Rocky? Wake up on the wrong side of stupid this morning?

1208 days ago
486.

andyconda    

yes justice prevails ladden dead. its going to be a good week. thank you one less A$$ hole. people we are safer now. andy is hungover

1208 days ago
487.

sara    

jwoolman, that was a great comment (page 35). i believe that you have summed up the situation very well.

1208 days ago
488.

andyconda    

asama bin lohan is next to go down

1208 days ago
489.

jeebus    

Osama Bin Laden is dead, and people are still holding non existent grudges over people they've never met before and never will in their lives. How sad and pathetic is that?!

I am going to be celebrating with the rest of the free world. I suggest everyone do the same ^_^

1208 days ago
490.

Nicole     

jwoolman 12 hours ago

We'll find out next week what's really happening - but it's possible Lindsay decided to plea without knowing in advance what the sentence would be for several reasons. My first thought was that she wants to do it while it's still a misdemeanor - appeals challenging reduction from felony to misdemeanor tend to be granted quickly. But the last hearing was sort of a dry run for a trial, since witnesses were called and evidence was presented. The frenetic tag team display by Lindsay and Patrick in the tape would not sit well with a jury (they were running that clerk ragged) and the later pictures of her with the necklace were clearly damning evidence of intent. But my guess is that possibly even more importantly, the people from the store were very effective witnesses

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It has been what 10 days ? and still no appeal has been filed challenging the reduction. I don't think it will be. Yes the D.A disagreed with the Judge's reasonable and fair decision for obvious reasons but i don't think it was an abuse of discretion.
Here is a quotes from someone that was inside the courtroom. I've bolded the most important tweet.
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e_espinosa elizabeth espinosa
22 Apr

Judge Stephanie Sautner says Lindsay "earned a felony" still she reduced chg to misdemeanor

Also said this charge faces a year in county jail...both sides approaching the bench now...

Lindsay was crying...Judge admitted she wanted "to give Lindsay an opportunity"..DA is furious!

DA says shes filing a writ, Judge Sautner responds this is "a discretionary call and i just made the ruling"...ouch!

Judge said Lindsay has rec'ed lot of punishment for dui chg 4 yrs ago..insists dui's r serious...
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Also Sofia Kaman was warned by the Judge to be more respectful during her cross examination by Shawn Holley.

1208 days ago
491.

andyconda    

nicole spin spin spin. she will never justify her crimes. and she needs to disappear.

1208 days ago
492.

Pony Princess    

Oh, Nicole, I just can't let this one slide. You are using only partial information and truths.
You said "Also Sofia Kaman was warned by the Judge to be more respectful during her cross examination by Shawn Holley."
Looks like you are trying to make it seem that Sofia is the person who was testy and SCH was all in the clear, but that couldn't be more wrong.
The judge warned BOTH Kaman and Holley to be more respectful.
If you are going to try to make a point or a position, why not go for the "whole truth". Or is that not part of your agenda??????

1208 days ago
493.

andyconda    

Nicole years ago i would have said give her a chance she is a young girl. but with fu on the finger nails and i am a celeb. i just think she is less then human. she is out to gain and does not give a crap about anyone

1208 days ago
494.

jwoolman    

nicole on p. 38: "e_espinosa elizabeth espinosa [tweeted from the courtroom]" - Uh, unless Elizabeth Espinosa is a member of either the prosecution or defense team, I'm surprised that the judge allowed tweets if she didn't allow cameras, even from media (if that's the reporter Elizabeth Espinosa). Can you imagine if everybody in court was tweeting away to the world during the proceedings!!!???!!! Might as well televise it in that case.

California courtrooms supposedly don't allow cell phones unless kept on vibrate or off entirely - e.g., kept in the pocket and silent, certainly not pulled out to use in the courtroom. Many jurisdictions in the US are banning laptop computers for the same reasons. The camera function of modern phones is an added problem in addition to the potential for disturbing the courtroom; if you have enough memory even on a phone, you could record the whole thing (certainly you could do that on a laptop with a microphone attached, I imagine video cameras also can be attached with little fuss these days). Tweeting and easy online access in general from phones and laptops are relatively new and with newer phones and pads (such as iPad) can be done relatively quietly with a touchscreen, and so some jurisdictions haven't entirely figured out what to do with it and the other implications (tainting witness testimonies later in the proceedings, etc.) in proceedings that are not televised. Were they really letting reporters (or anybody else) actively use their phones or laptops to actually transmit the proceedings while in the courtroom despite the camera ban? I know TMZ always camps outside the courtroom in their silly "live" thing, but I didn't think they could report from inside the courtroom that way. Do they usually? I never click on their "live" videos, so I really don't know.

I'm also having trouble wrapping my mind around the idea that every move in the Lindsay Lohan case was so important that the public just had to have a blow-by-blow via twitter... Can't anybody wait for official transcriptions any more?!? Have all reporters forgotten how to write without a keyboard? Shorthand used to be a must for court reporters. Now they tweet?!? I could understand typing it up from notes and transmitting it quickly electronically nowadays after a hearing or just phoning it in to the newspaper from a cell phone afterward, but tweeting during the hearing? The mind is boggled.


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"Also Sofia Kaman was warned by the Judge to be more respectful during her cross examination by Shawn Holley. "

I'd like to know the real details about that before making any judgment. What did Holley say to Kaman first? What did Kaman reply? That also determines how a jury would react - if Holley was saying something outrageous, the jurors would most likely side with Kaman in such an interchange. Witnesses are allowed to be human when obviously attacked unfairly, so if the jurors determined the questioning was unfair - too bad, so sad, point goes to the witness. That's important since I assume you are contesting my theory that the store witnesses would have been quite credible to a jury.

1208 days ago
495.

ketjo    

nicole:


"Also Sofia Kaman was warned by the Judge to be more respectful during her cross examination by Shawn Holley. "


Spinning away again,
"I've been in many a court room and watched many more on live court tv and I ain't never seen a judge warn a witness to be respectful of the defense attorney ...Usely he warns the Defense about badgering the witness are using force intimadation to riddle the witness's testimony..or if the witness get fired up at having his testimony questioned a twisted by the defense lawyer he gets a little loud.then the judge will caution them both to calm down...soo this isspinning at its best....

1208 days ago
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