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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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661.

Firefly    

This is an oldy but a goodie............
At the 2:15 mark Dina is saying that her father bought the house in Merrik for her, not Milo or Lindsay. Does this bitch ever tell the truth. Where is her father now that her home is in foreclosure?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJG75FJkjr8

544 days ago
662.

Yup    

Somewhere, Shawn Holley is laughing her ass off...

544 days ago
663.

Pat    

These two sound perfect for each other. She has been shown enough "mercy and compassion", no normal everyday citizen would get as many breaks as she has.

544 days ago
664.

dreamon    

Wow. No reaction story?

Am I the only one who feels a little sorry for Heller? He has no idea what he got himself into.

544 days ago
665.

Griff    

David Brenner is Lindsay Lohan's counsel? She should've gotten an attorney instead of a comedian.

544 days ago
666.

ragu4u    

The difference is in New York you get tried during your lifetime. In Caly......not so much!

544 days ago
667.

Celebrity Tampon    

Lindsay has big flappy meatcurtains.

544 days ago
668.

Melody    

So sick of hearing about this screwed up girl! she needs jail time and rehab like everybody else who goes to court! why does this drugie get so many slap on the hand from other people, with the same issues? California is too easy on her! I am a Cali native born and raised, but c'mon people? it's her mother's fault for her being this way! what mother parties with their minoe child, keeps her from a dad that loves her and a mother who does drugs herself!

544 days ago
669.

Mumra the Ever Living    

HEY TMZ!!!!
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This story is played out - get some new dirt on this trash family and their star slut.

544 days ago
670.

Biebsburbs    

I was in a criminal court hearing on Friday in the same exact court Lindsay has been in and out of, everyone of those criminals convicted either have a bench warrant, a community service, restitution, a combination of both etc and they all hv to show up every 3 mths to report statuses. This bitch has been on and off the court 'defending' and playing cat and mouse and no serious penalties so far???! Wtf???? A normal person with that many misdemeanors/felonies (hers a few of those with the Jewelry case) would hv been locked up in jail many months ago!!!!!

543 days ago
671.

mark    

yes Lindsay the only thing that can save you is my weaner in your but

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