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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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196.

DTD    

This is f**king bulls**it

509 days ago
197.

oink    

Lohan sets her own Rules.

509 days ago
198.

FIRECROTCH RIDES AGAIN    

The prosecutor just handed the little Elf his ass on a platter. Comedy. Next up, the little Elf tap dancing in a press conference. Solid Gold this stuff.

509 days ago
199.

kimoxxx    

the judge is so lenient and nice...they should teach her a lesson...cmon now...

509 days ago
200.

Fluffy    

Guess blo is having some worker unpack her clothes while she has a ciggie in the back patio

509 days ago
201.

rosa    

b!tch got away AGAIN

509 days ago
202.

Kelvin    

Yep..just another lindsay gutsy move because ALL Know the Judge wont do **** about it. And I hope the judge see my comment. You wont do **** because lindsay mediocre fame put fear in your heart. SMDH..

509 days ago
203.

WallStreet    

I just told my kid to change his name to Lindsay Lohan if he ever gets into legal trouble - she is bullet proof AND teflon coated. The law is an ass - and I've give a day pay to punch that lawyer of hers in the mouth "parameters, NOT perimeters" ya dumbass...

509 days ago
204.

Michelle    

That was ridiculous! Now, time to watch a REAL judge and prosecutor in action..Fry Jodi Arias!

509 days ago
205.

BobbyC    

Lindsay Lohan will be on the next season of "Skating with the Stars".

How many breaks would the rest of us get?

509 days ago
206.

WerewolfSix    

How many more times is this pampered, self centered little bitch going to skate!? No wonder the youth of today think they can do whatever they want to do. And this New York attorney is rude as hell, the judge in my opinion is weak being he's letting the NY guy run his court...

509 days ago
207.

Tom    

Typical TMZ - the judge was not pissed off in the least

509 days ago
208.

Kk1311    

Just arrest this bitch...

509 days ago
209.

Sapphiegirl    

WHY EVEN BOTHER HAULING HER ASS INTO COURT???????? SHE JUSTS DOES WHAT SHE WANTS ANYWAY KNOWING THAT THE CRIMINAL COURT SYSTEM IN CALIFORNIA WON'T DO ANYTHING TO MAKE HER DO HER TIME! WHY DON'T YOU JUST SEND HER TO CLUB MED OR SANDALS? THAT IS HER PUNISHMENT....GETTING TO GO WHERE SHE WANTS WITHOUT ANY REPERCUSSIONS! MAKES ME WANT TO EFFING PUKE!

509 days ago
210.

Firefly    

Oh God I hate that man! Heller - may he rot in Hell. He looks like a fcken rat.

509 days ago
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