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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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151.

Mayu    

She's getting a ****ing pass again. Doesn't the idiot on the bench realize she's making a mockery of the system? She's picking and choosing her own terms of her punishment. SHE IS BEING PUNISHED! YOU DON'T PICK AND CHOOSE YOUR OWN TERMS OF THE PUNISHMENT!! this is ridiculous. Her ass should be sitting in jail for 2 years minimum for NUMEROUS probation violations. the 90 days was crap anyway.

354 days ago
152.

DrDeMarzo    

Wow, that judge sure is pissed off. Wow, he's really throwing the book at her. Yet again, TMZ gets it wrong and overhypes the court room scenario. This judge, like all of them, is a wimp and is being manhandled by the NYC attorney. So, the question is, will TMZ admit how wrong they were?

354 days ago
153.

Boozez    

Heller needs to shut up & listen!

354 days ago
154.

Michelle    

The judge is a pu$$y

354 days ago
155.

Luke    

This Judge is what's wrong with the judicial system today. He's a wuzzy.

354 days ago
156.

Jody    

Bitch got her way once again. I can't stand they way this bitch always pulls this **** in every single situation.

If this facility doesn't make the grade, she won't have to move until day 89 right?

354 days ago
157.

jbeans    

Once againn this waste of a human life does whatever she effing pleases! What the hell is wrong with the judicial system???? I have zero respect for them!

354 days ago
158.

FIRECROTCH RIDES AGAIN    

Ensconced in the Bosom? Five minutes? NO HOW NO WAY. The Elf thinks he won that round, lmfao

354 days ago
159.

JustSayin    

She clearly doesn't give a sh*t about the law or what is expected of her.... and the judge is going wayyyy to easy on her. It's ridiculous. Anyone else would have been thrown the book. She deserves 90 days jail because she obviously thinks she's above the law.

354 days ago
160.

Lindsay Lohan's Drug Dealer    

I can't wait until the courts let her go again. I've got a giant bag of coke and a new car waiting for her.

354 days ago
161.

WiddoMouse    

Where are the judge's balls? The attorneys are running everything.

354 days ago
162.

Tom Liebengood    

She is "trouble trouble trouble"-everything she does or touches.

354 days ago
163.

bendernet    

Do the program online!

354 days ago
164.

EastCoastChopper    

LiLo will decide WHEN - WHERE and HOW this court ordered term of probation is carried out!

Because that's just how the Linds rolls!

The cops, judges, dept of probation, LA county prosecutors, tow truck drivers and bartenders will just have to learn to accept that!

354 days ago
165.

balls    

The judge is too nice and nothing happened.

354 days ago
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