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Lindsay Lohan

Scores Rehab Victory ... Maybe

5/2/2013 7:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0502-tmz-judge-dabney-merk-hellerLindsay Lohan may have gotten away with it again ... she checked into a rehab facility that was NEVER approved by prosecutors and the judge seems like he's down with the change.

TMZ broke the story ... Lindsay checked into Morningside Recovery this morning in Newport Beach.  As we previously reported ... prosecutors and Lindsay's lawyer, Mark Heller -- who wore a tie that could itself be a felony -- had agreed she would enroll in Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, NY.  Heller never gave prosecutors a heads-up that Lindsay was flying to CA last night to enroll in Morningside.

As we reported, Lindsay made the change because Seafield wouldn't let her smoke at the facility ... but smoking was permitted at Morningside. 

A furious prosecutor -- Santa Monica City Attorney Terry White -- clearly felt blindsided by the change, saying he learned about it from the media yesterday.  White also expressed misgivings about Morningside, saying he found 3 articles "condemning" the facility.

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As for what prosecutor White was talking about ... in 2012 State investigators suspended Morningside's license for allegedly being careless with prescription drugs.  And at least 9 families of patients reportedly sued the facility for failing to deliver treatment.  At the time, a State official called Morningside, "a substantial threat" to the health and safety of the public.

But Judge Jim Dabney looked at some of the paperwork about Morningside and said on its face it seemed like the rehab joint was acceptable, but he's giving prosecutors a week from Friday to investigate.

For now, Lindsay will stay at Morningside -- where she can smoke as many cigarettes as she wants.

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Ellie G    

Hang her!!

449 days ago
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STFUP    

If the judge reinstates the 90 day sentence, he needs to do it with a "NO EARLY RELEASE" order.
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She NEEDS to serve the full 90 days. That MIGHT finally wake her stupid a** up! MIGHT!

449 days ago
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Jamoak    

Enough cr@p... send the b!tch to jail...

449 days ago
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Vegas mommy    

They will let her get away with it ..... Again

449 days ago
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cherry    

Oh noes she pissed off a judge who's not gonna do **** to her. Poor lindsay she must be so terrified.

449 days ago
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BSname    

Wow, Its fun watching this woman (who is amazingly lucky but doesn't realize it" flush all of these advantages down the toilet.

449 days ago
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jmk    

I don't understand how this keeps happening - everything is lenient and on her terms. She really needs a smackdown.

449 days ago
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Sonja    

Fingers crossed!!

449 days ago
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terri    

What the judge SHOULD do and what he WILL do are tow totally different things. Lindsay believes she can make her own rules with out any repercussions and that is exactly what happens time and time again. I only hope that this is finally the judge that will lower the boom on her but I'm not holding my breath.

449 days ago
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terri    

What the judge SHOULD do and what he WILL do are tow totally different things. Lindsay believes she can make her own rules with out any repercussions and that is exactly what happens time and time again. I only hope that this is finally the judge that will lower the boom on her but I'm not holding my breath.

449 days ago
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pat    

I'll bet that if the judge decides to send her to jail today, she'll turn around and say she wants to do her time in New York instead of California.


I know I know. But she would do this to avoid going in today.


There has to be a limit as to how much she can get away with.

449 days ago
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jrose2627    

Oh please every single time the judge is pissed and the prosecutors. But nothing ever happens. Like ever. And so what if she gets 90 days. What's that translate in LA. 8-10 hours. Please it's just a joke. Stop reporting on this hag. Or report after she gets out of jail. If she ever ends up there. Doubt it though

449 days ago
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MADISYN, LIAISON TO THE H8TURDS!!    

Is she even in CA?

449 days ago
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justagirl    

Enough is enough!..Throw the book at her. I will never watch anything with her init ever again. She a vile spoiled criminal!

449 days ago
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lee    

I sooooo wana slap her silly

449 days ago
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