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Lindsay Lohan

I'm Keeping My Lawyer

The Media Lies!!!

3/6/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Lindsay Lohan
doesn't care that the judge in her criminal case and the media have called her lawyer incompetent ... she's sticking with him. 

Sources close to Lindsay tell TMZ ... she's angry that the media is painting Mark Heller as a nincompoop.   She says, "It's all lies."

What's more ... Lindsay doesn't care that Judge James Dabney also called Heller incompetent to practice in California.  In fact, the judge was brutally honest ... to the point he said if Lindsay keeps Heller, he'll order her to court for the next hearing to explain why she would be waiving her right to a lawyer who knows what he's doing.

As we first reported ... Michael Lohan reached out to his daughter and offered to pay for a new lawyer, but she turned him down flat.

Lindsay has 12 days to change her mind, because her criminal trial kicks off on the 18th.  If Heller screws up, Lindsay could end up in the pokey for months.

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166.

Mumra the Ever Living    

> The reason why Lohan is not getting a new lawyer is quite simple. She can't afford one.
> Face it, who can she "hire" as her counsel? I put the word hire in parenthesis because most people would assume you have to pay your attorney. Lohan has no money, and even if she did have some cash, she has that entitlement psychosis going on. What? You want ME to pay? Don't you know I'm LINDSAY LOHAN??? No competent attorney in his/her right mind would take her on as a client.
> Her only other option for new counsel is to declare herself indigent - to tell the world she is broke, and needs a public defender. That will leave her open to new scrutiny of her finances. The LA courts would then have every right to ask her questions like "We noticed that you were paid an alleged $100,000 for a single night of prostitution with the Prince of Brunai and his friends. Could you please tell us where that money went?"
> No, Lohan is stuck with her lawyer. Too poor to hire a new one, and too criminal to get a public defender.
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BTW, I agree with PINCHUCKY15 - Heller is what he is. There are plenty of lawyers around the country who are just a competent (or incompetent) as Heller. Those other lawyers however, don't have to go in front of microphones and cameras and try to defend the indefensible. He's just doing what any lawyer would do for a client - his job. He's just in WAY over his head.

511 days ago
167.

janet    

@Cracker...I saw that to. Lohan keeps playing on it's only 'misdeamnor' probation violations and has been able to run with that, it's no big deal.


Lohan is used to getting a slap on the hand screw you attitude, pay the fine and back to doing it all over again. And she's been able to do just that.


Only if it was you or me or just about anyone else they would have no problem making room over crowded or not.

511 days ago
168.

Marie    

Maybe jail will straighten her out. so sad to watch a person crash and burn. Hope she gets help.

511 days ago
169.

Texas-Writer    

Could be a smart move by Lindsay, this will give her a built-in appeal no matter what happens in court. If nothing else she can claim the judge has expressed a prejudice against her attorney.

511 days ago
170.

DeeMaree    

Tmz yet again gets my hopes up that Lindsey will be held responsible for once in her life for her actions. Heller could just be the man that finally gets her real jail time.

511 days ago
171.

Sapphiegirl    

I GUESS WE'LL BE SEEING HER....IN ABOUT 5 YEARS AFTER SHE GETS PAROLED FROM PRISON! YOU MAY THINK THE MEDIA IS LYING BUT THE COURT DID CALL YOUR LAWYER INCOMPETENT IN CALIFORNIA LAW!

511 days ago
172.

bernergirl    

Oh Gawd! She is such a moron!!! The only reason is because he is doing her pro bono!

511 days ago
173.

Tesla_Consulting    

Her pimp said no.

511 days ago
174.

dreamon    

Maybe the make-up's for Heller?

511 days ago
175.

janet    

@Mumra...It's Lohans very well known rotten reputation a no win case her stiffing them on their fees. No one will go near her.


What's Lohan going to pull next? Shawn Holley had me blackballed from getting a California lawyer.


I agree with you Heller is over his head. But as I've said before look what he as to work with. Nothing. He's screwed even if he isn't an idiot.


Who's stepping up in defense for Lohan? No one.

511 days ago
176.

Notaparazzzi    

Awesome. Cue the title music to My Cousin Vinnie. Let's Roll!

511 days ago
177.

lauriejune    

here we go again

511 days ago
178.

ernie    

Go for it, LILO .... it is all in God's hands anyway.

511 days ago
179.

dreamon    

She's screwed because she screwed herself. If she had a brain she would plead and turn herself in voluntarily with minimum fuss and shut-up till her sentance was over.

The whole Heller thing just adds a layer of circus drama that's hilariously surreal.

511 days ago
180.

ernie    

Remember ... Misdemeanors .... not felonies. She is not being tried for murder. Don't cope a plea .. no probation... do what little jail time you get... and get on with your life. Remember... no probation. Just do the time...,and it won't be much considering the county jail is filled to the brim with violent felonies. No plea deal ... no probation. You can do the jail time standing on your head in a corner. Be smart. Keep Heller... go to jail.. do all the sentence in there ... and that's it.

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