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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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Laura    

I can not believe how much this "celebrity" gets off easy.

502 days ago
137.

Majestik    

Holy shyte that judge has shaky hands. What's up with that?

502 days ago
138.

Ellie G    

Judge looks a little confused there.

502 days ago
139.

Fluffy    

That's right Blo. Show that judge who's in charge!

502 days ago
140.

LLsez    

Morningside will write whatever shyt they want...Judge should be seeing the California State Senate report deeming Morningside a ROGUE FACILITY.

502 days ago
141.

Its Nikki Bitches    

The guy behind Heller is from Morningside

Bwhahahhaahhahaha He looks like a CRACK HEAD

502 days ago
142.

Jay    

I think this just kind of shows how Lindsay thumbs her nose at the court and does whatever she wants to do. So I think that is why the prosecuter would be pissed. She has a habit of behaving this way. Heller could have let them know sooner. Didnt have to wait last minute.

502 days ago
143.

Lindsay Lohan Fan Forever    

Good job White mentioning the facility in open court.

502 days ago
144.

twade85    

Idk why I am entertaining this I just want to see if they are going to send her ass to jail! she gets away with murder all the time!

502 days ago
145.

JustSayin    

I bet Lindsay is watching this right now.... and chain-smoking a carton of cigarettes.

502 days ago
146.

torcat115    

Where is the live feed? I want to watch the train wreck!

502 days ago
147.

Its Nikki Bitches    

WHERES JUDGE JUDY !!!!!!


SHE WOULD OF RIPPED HELLER A NEW ******* BY NOW

502 days ago
148.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

She couldn't have told them sooner, she had to go to Coachella, she was busy, duh.

502 days ago
149.

Its Nikki Bitches    

CLAPPING TO MR. WHITE!!!

502 days ago
150.

balls    

Prosecutor has done his homework with newspaper clipping. Booyaaa

502 days ago
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