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Judge to Lindsay's Lawyer

You're an Incompetent!

3/1/2013 11:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lindsay Lohan has an incompetent lawyer representing her .... so says the judge in her criminal case.  

It was shocking but Judge Jim Dabney reamed Mark Heller, saying he was incompetent to practice law in California and said Lindsay either has to get another lawyer who knows what he's doing or she has to come into court and waive her right to a competent California lawyer.

The judge informed Mark Heller he screwed up the legal docs he filed by not following California law ... and the motion to dismiss charges was DENIED.  Heller tried to blame the previous lawyer, but his paperwork was so screwed up ... his argument fell on deaf ears.

The judge went on to say Heller doesn't have a clue about criminal law, questioning his competence to handle the case.  The California lawyer who's sponsoring Heller to appear in Lindsay's case didn't show up today, and the judge made note of that ... not that it would really matter, because the sponsor never practiced law a day in her life.

Prosecutor Terry White made it clear ... he's ready for trial on March 18, where Lindsay will have to face the music in her lying-to-cops case.

Heller was short on the law but long on platitudes ... saying the judge needed to show Lindsay "mercy and compassion."

There was no mention made of the ongoing plea bargain negotiations.  We broke the story ... lawyers on both sides discussed a plea this week but couldn't agree on a punishment.

After the hearing, Heller responded to the judge's criticisms outside the courthouse, saying he doesn't believe the judge was calling him "incompetent" outright ... just pointing out that things are handled differently in California than in New York.

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Mark retorted, "Having become a lawyer over 44 YEARS AGO, I certainly know the important issues."

Mark also said Lindsay is currently undergoing psychotherapy as well as voluntary drug screening as proof she's turning her life around. As for finding a new lawyer to help him -- a lawyer who's more well-versed in CA procedures -- Heller says he's still exploring his options.

Mark also responded to Michael Lohan calling him a terrible attorney, saying, "I wish Michael Lohan the best."

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janet    

This should be over quick 10-15 minutes. Let's see how well Heller argues these bogus waste of time motions.

498 days ago
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Marilyn    

Maybe she should be nominated Pope?

498 days ago
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MADISYN, LIAISON TO THE H8TURDS!!    

You just KNOW My Cousin Heller is going to be long winded, pissing off the judge. Good times for the H8turds . . .

498 days ago
19.

Bean    

So is lindsay watching here too. LOL!!!!!

498 days ago
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Lindsay Lohan Fan Forever    

The case should be dismissed.

498 days ago
21.

janet    

Shawn Holley is laughing her ass off.

498 days ago
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sammi    

This girl is a repeat offender and does not deserve celebrity justice. She is a liar and bottom line should not deserve special treatment. She knows it and so do her fans or whats left......

498 days ago
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Vinsetta    

I for one, probably won't understand a GD thing or point Heller will try to get across

498 days ago
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janet    

@Vinsetta...hopefully we will be.

498 days ago
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Its Nikki Bitches    

If Lying Lindsay is there, she's gonna be so pissed they didn't let her do her cement walk

498 days ago
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The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

We are pulling for you Lindsay

498 days ago
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jill    

VINSETTA
I hope the real plea deal is bought up today and they are sticking to 90 days lockdown rehab. Why won't Lohan and Heller accept it? I thought everyone was on board and working as a team to fix her.
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because she wasn't charged with dui so rehab is being used as punishment. the police confirmed she was tested at the hospital and passed and they didn't think she was impaired. also, her main issue isn't substance abuse, that's why he's pushing for psychological therapy. sautner said the same thing way back in one of the hearing on why she was making therapy mandatory. she also said in court that substance abuse isn't lindsay's root issue.

498 days ago
28.

Firefly    

They are late! It's 10:32 here. Let's get this show on the road.

498 days ago
29.

Grandma Cracker    

Where's the walk of SHAME?

498 days ago
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Its Nikki Bitches    

Hellers already pissing them off and causing a scene

498 days ago
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