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Lindsay Lohan

How She Turned it Around

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

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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She might be doing well, but lets face it, she's doing well at something a judge sentenced her to do. No matter how you spin that, it's bad news. This wouldn't even be necessary if she had done the right thing years ago.
And she is still GROSS

1051 days ago


twitter dot com slash Iceey The Model

1051 days ago

John the Lawyer    

TMZ gets it right. A big part of being a good lawyer is grokking the total client issue. Lohan comes for a family that makes the Kartrashians look like June and Ward Cleaver (insert Beaver joke here). Until Sautner, no one ever said (or had the ability to say) "NO" and just enabled the princess - or was replaced. Good call.

1051 days ago

Mumra the Ever Living    

Where was this new babysitter when she "missed" her flight back to California and blew off the Ellen show taping? Nothing has changed - the only difference is she now has a $1,000 an hour criminal attorney as her PR flack.
Personally, I think she does so well at the morgue because she just digs dead bodies. She probably sees a kindred spirit in them. Oh, and they probably smell a lot like her.

1051 days ago


whats wrong with her parents...I think sam, Ali and LNOR were great parents..and Pootie made a fine twin sister

1051 days ago


it is common for a state that is in so much pay special attention to one person..and let the judge lead her by the hand..and spoon feed her obligations...I dont see a problem with avoiding other cases..that are not high profile..and dont envolve fame

1051 days ago


she might as well blow off court..what would she spend 4 HRS in processing?

1051 days ago


Turned her life around??? lol!!

1051 days ago

Blood Red Witch    

In Session will be covering Court today.

1051 days ago

Rogue Warrior    

I had a dream last night about Lilo's lips and rack, and it was all GOOD!!!

1051 days ago

Pony Princess    

Ok, now it has become clear that TMZ's mole in the court system regarding LL is Shawn Holley. Guess that's why SHC doesn't worry that repping LL is not going to bring her many bucks from LL herself right now. Looks like SCH is getting paid by TMZ in various pops to provide little bits of info, eh? Now it's SCH to be gloriously the reason LL is doing well. Well, I think this is something that LL has done before....done a bit of what's required, gotten praise from a judge, and then melted down. I'm still looking for the long run, when LL will not have all her work done (unless LL hires a nanny for herself). LL loves to scam the system and play it fast and loose. Look for LL to mess up at the end, because LL will want things played her way, not the court's way.

1051 days ago


Harvey is just setting us up: this way when she goes
to court and gets reamed by the judge it makes a bigger

1051 days ago


What did TMZ copy this story almost verbatium from ROL? What a crap job.

1051 days ago


This Story is brought to you by:
LOHAH INC...and its affliated sponsers TMZ
in support of their money making fame whore
media whore, and major pain in the ass for the LA court system, not coming to theaters anywhere....sooner or later !

1051 days ago


Thanks, Shawn, I think many of us know the girl needs structure. When she lost the structure for just a few days, same old Lindsay self-destructed in Hawaii.

1051 days ago
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