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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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Questdelsangraal    

Throw her butt in rehab for a year.
It is the closest thing to a prison in CA and the gene pool can regroup for her after rehab party.

545 days ago
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janet    

Live streaming starts at 8:30 not the hearing probally around 9am.

545 days ago
48.

Its Nikki Bitches    

Guess the new Judge doesn't want the cameras in court...Bummer!!

545 days ago
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Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

is his little shoes and little tie ready to make a fool of himself?
Hey dina, in NY these charges would be Obsolete..but the crimes were in Cali, HA..."Family FIST" "the Lies will prevail" " Heller is "Enept

545 days ago
50.

EasilyHard    

Lock her up ! Dry the F out !!

545 days ago
51.

Grey    

Lock her ass up and feed the key to Kelly Osbourne, that Bitch'll eat anything!

545 days ago
52.

Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

Out Partying last night sucking down Arab man Yogurt..but doesnt care about todays court case, owes "TONS" of money and has no Job..

Hows those funraisers and helping kids stay off booze and drugs?? hows the lectures coming Jill666??

545 days ago
53.

Vinsetta    

WRONG CASE

545 days ago
54.

StarryStarryNight    

does anyone know this judge?

545 days ago
55.

swack    

Was Heller even spotted going in?

545 days ago
56.

crazygravy    

Miss St. John??????

545 days ago
57.

Wow ...    

I hope he is no nonsense.

545 days ago
58.

Andyconda#LITTLESTAR    

I assume that was one of lindsays alumnis..on the case before hers

545 days ago
59.

Grandma Cracker    

Oh wow, Lindsay is not the first! Maybe the celeb justice days are drawing to a close!

545 days ago
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janet    

Lohan wants the concreat carpet walk. It' s the only attention she gets that is on her.


I still stick with my opinion. Screw Lohan don't allow her to do her walk and no cameras. Boy would she be pissed.


That would save taxpayers some money and if the paps want to hang fine, it's got nothing to do with the state and the cops don't have to worry about the little circus with Lohan.

545 days ago
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