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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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EastCoastChopper    

I get the feeling Mark and LiLo have shared an 8 ball in a few cheap motels during the last couple months...

571 days ago
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StarryStarryNight    

he's got a neanderthal man look going on when he's shown profile.

571 days ago
78.

DeAnna    

OMG this lawyer sounds like a thug! And this is coming from someone who lives in NJ! Wow!

571 days ago
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u iz a cutiepie    

I wish they had a law where we could just BAN her trifling ass from California, and that way she can never wreck havoc on our streets ever again.

571 days ago
80.

Boozez    

The judge is trying to teach him law just like Fred Gwynne.

571 days ago
81.

who dat    

Heller is a Hack that doesn't understand the law, what a surprise. Send the ho to jail already.

571 days ago
82.

C Rushin    

The judge OWNED Lindsay's lawyer at the beginning of the trial!
C'mon Lindsay, just take the plea, go to rehab and clean yourself up. Right now, you're just a joke to Hollywood and the world.
You could always become a porn star, at least you'd get paid well for doing trashy films that way.

571 days ago
83.

MAX    

COME ON LETS USE ALL THE TAXPAYERS MONEY KEEPING THIS LITTLE SH!T OUT OF JAIL

571 days ago
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StarryStarryNight    

he couldn't pour p iss out of his boot with the hole in the top and the directions written on the toe.

571 days ago
85.

Bean    

Wow lilo you made one bad move after another. She should be crying now.

571 days ago
86.

Blah    

I'd say Heller and Lohan are well matched...She tries to drive her Porsche under a semi and he tries to roll Sean Holly under the bus...

571 days ago
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EastCoastChopper    

Although I think LiLo needs rehab vs. incarceration...The length that the SoCal justice system has gone to...and continues to go to...To simply continue the double standard of justice for celebrities...makes me vomit out of my arse! Could you imagine how Fast & Furious 99.999% of us would have already been in the 12 hour process of intake at the LA County Jail ?

571 days ago
88.

janet    

I am so embarrassed for him. Moron it's California state.


Don't ever make fun of Cousin Vinny again.

571 days ago
89.

StarryStarryNight    

"I believe you're mistaken."

ROTFLMAO!!!

571 days ago
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anonymous    

this attorney scares me. He is trying everything he can to get her off and it aint working. YEAH!!!

571 days ago
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