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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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Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

heller just showed up with his other team of Kebler elves, maybe he is planing to make the judge cookies.

414 days ago
32.

Vinsetta    

sweet, different angle of the state seal!

414 days ago
33.

SPELLCHECKER    

Hey, TMZ proofreaders (if you even exist), it's PST not PDT. Daylight Savings time doesn't start for ten more days.

414 days ago
34.

Squatting Thunder    

PST or CPT?

414 days ago
35.

MADISYN, LIAISON TO THE H8TURDS!!    

The local news here in LA just said Blohan posted an instagram photo of her partying in NY last night at 11 PM. Blohan will NOT be in court today. Just like we all figured.

414 days ago
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Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

Contempt of court..Lindsay had almost a year to plan for this..and son of sams Layer had enough time too

414 days ago
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Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

they better hurry up before Lielo commits another crime or ODs

414 days ago
38.

hugh    

Typically late as usual.

414 days ago
39.

Its Nikki Bitches    

WTF!!!!!!

Theres a reason why they are not live yet.
One word......HELLER!!!

414 days ago
40.

janet    

I've always said the best way to piss Lohan off is not allowing her to do her concrete carpet walk. This sets up for the media circus. No one is court just the stupid walk in and out of court.


Bring her in the back door or whatever so she doesn't get the attention that mocks the court.


She want's this trial for the attention.

414 days ago
41.

942903    

****ing get on with it!

414 days ago
42.

Truth    

STUPIDITY IS HELLUVA DRUG. #TRUTH!!

414 days ago
43.

Vinsetta    

California needs to end this farce with her on or before the 18th. This is ridiculous. Jail her ass for the 245 on the PV.

414 days ago
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Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

way to start off her legal procedings..elfen Heller shows up Late..now we all know why lielo and him are good for each other...not only because they look like they share liver spots..but they cant help from being FCK UPS..

414 days ago
45.

janet    

Courts usually want you in 1/2 hour early. Be in court at 8:30am court usually starts around 9am rule of thumb.

414 days ago
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