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Lindsay Lohan

How She Turned it Around

12/14/2011 8:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Lindsay Lohan will experience something new in court this AM ... a friendly judge who heaps praise on her, and it's all because her lawyer figured out something that was lacking in her life.

Lindsay will appear before Judge Stephanie Sautner at 10 AM PT for a progress report.  She's on probation for pilfering a necklace at an L.A. jewelry store.

Judge Sautner tried something new ... rather than just telling Lindsay to complete her community service in a year -- or else -- the judge created a very specific schedule, putting in a certain number of hours each month.  And Lindsay has not only complied, she's gone beyond the minimum.  Sources tell us ... Lindsay logged the requisite number of hours of community service and morgue duty, and she's actually put in more therapy time than required.

And sources tell us ... her supervisor at the morgue is blown away, calling her work "stellar," and saying she's "a delight to work with and hard working."

The reason for Lindsay's turnaround -- her lawyer, Shawn Holley, who went to the judge before Lindsay's sentencing and argued that her client needed a rigid structure -- something her own parents never provided. 

Score one for the lawyer.

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Blood Red Witch    

Well it is about time TMZ. Are you going to live stream her hearing?

1022 days ago
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Christy    

Translation...she is an adult who needs a babysitter. She seems to not need a schedule to party, now does she????

1022 days ago
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christy    

Oh Pullllleassssseeeeeee! Seriously???? TMZ you will have
a completly different headline within 30 days. Does
anybody seriously believe she is done screwing up??
come on now. Jeeze. Pfft.

1022 days ago
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EMB    

If this was a regular person, they would be sitting in jail. Yet this chick got to go to Hawaii. Absurd, how well she got treated, the legal system is a joke.

1022 days ago
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Jay    

Im so happy she wont be on Ellen due to missing her flight. If I wanted to see a junkie I would just go down to the local methadone clinic.

1022 days ago
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Linda Smith    

She's an adult now. Stop pinning this on her parents. They are horrible people and even worse parents, but its time for her to take 100% responsibility for what she does.

1022 days ago
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ilovegossip    

Everyone made it seem like she did extra morgue time, and it turns out it's only extra counseling (which she obviously needs). She's not ahead of schedule on anything, if that is the case...

1022 days ago
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CoolPhosphorescentShimmer    

You being paid to be on damage control, Harve? Nobody's buying it. She may have done what she needs to do for court FOR ONCE, but she has not turned anything around. She is still the same FVUVCVK UP that she has always been, even if you choose or are paid to gloss over that news in favor of the GLOWING reports. Hhahahahaha!

1022 days ago
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Buckaroobonzai    

the question is... if lidsay screws up again and gets someone hurt, will Shawn Holley bare some blame for keeping her out of jail?

1022 days ago
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Kari    

I'm happy for Lindsay, and I hope she keeps it up. Now if the Judge and lawyer can only get her mother and father to grow up.

1022 days ago
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Grandma Cracker    

I'm so glad that Judge Sautner found it in her busy schedule to become Lindsay's personal babysitter. I am sure her honor does this for all defendants....right?

1022 days ago
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Sharon    

I am beginning to wonder about whether or not TMZ is on the payroll. Did she turn it around when she blew off a scheduled, contractual interview? Or when she "lost" her purse and supposedly had $10K stolen? Nothing this young woman does is truthful or reliable. She does what she wants, when she wants unless the consequences are immediate and her babysitters keep her in line.

1022 days ago
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Steve    

Loony should thank her lucky stars that she lives in LA due to so-called overcrowded jail. Because she done these BS in another state, Loony would still be in jail. Legal system in LA is a laughing stock of the Judicial System...Justice Department needs to look into it.

1022 days ago
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Truth    

ONLY LAZY A-HOLES WITH NONCHALANT WORK ETHIC WHO DOESNT GIVE A FLYING F*CK NEED RIGID COURT ENFORCED STRUCTURE. YEA... IMMA SURE THAT WAS MISSING IN HER CHILDHOOD. OH LOOKY HERE JUDGE ---> LILO IS STILL EFFING HIGH IN THAT PIC! MAYBE SHE NEEDS COURT ENFORCED STRUCTURE WHEN SHE NEEDS WEED, CRACK, AND DRINK. #TRUTH!!

1022 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I just posted the other day that the probation department is parents she never had. But it doesn't matter, she's not a little kid anymore, there comes a point when you have to hold yourself accountable and "parent" yourself. That rigid schedule might help her finish her cs, but it won't keep her from coming back and won't teach her to be responsible and fulfill her obligations, like showing up for work (the appearance on Ellen was work).

1022 days ago
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