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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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Tac    

WTF????????????? Again with this bitch. I hope she ODs and dies at some point. Nobodys doing anything to help her anyway just letting her do whatever she wants.

547 days ago
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JMP    

Unbelievable. She does whatever she wants and gets away with it just like that...

547 days ago
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Sam    

And as Terry White bends over and takes one up the BUTT yet again, Lindsay's ordering brunch off the Spago menu, with delivery in under 30 minutes or it's free. Well, for her, it'll always be free.

547 days ago
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Sonja    

LOL at the press "don't worry she'll *uck up enough and be back in"

547 days ago
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MajorRogerNelson    

Obviously she could care less what the court thinks, and who can blame her? She decides where, when, and HOW she'll do this bogus rehab. The LA prosecutors need to grow a pair. Pathetic.

547 days ago
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ohmeowzer    

oh well i knew she would do what she wants. Heller is like a rat , a slippery slimey rat. he disrespected the DA and kept pushing that woman from moringside on him.. he asked him 3 or 4 times to meet with that lady, what a annoying man ..

547 days ago
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master    

The only time a Lawyer isn not lying is when he is not not talking.. Tis guy is a used car salesman and the judge folded...

547 days ago
248.

Pers    

How do they do it? These Lohans and their shena****ns. Wow. I'm mystified. They must have a contract with the Devil.

547 days ago
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HannahF    

This was not a 100% victory for Lindsay. Obviously the plan was to have a hearing 6 weeks from now when it would be deemed detrimental to Lindsay to remove her in the midst of treatment. That is not going to happen

547 days ago
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EmilyG    

it blows my mind that Lindsay can keep pulling this **** and get away with it, won't anyone make her pay some sort of consequence?

547 days ago
251.

Laura    

This is such a non-story. Who cares which rehab center she's in? And nobody knows what was cleared ahead of time--including TMZ.

547 days ago
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Jay    

The way she smokes she must really f*cking stink. My parents smoke and when I walk into their place my eyes burn and I come out smelling like a smoke shop and that is after only a half hour tops.

547 days ago
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Truth    

Lindsay OWNS the system. She will do whatever she wants whenever she wants with little or no consequence. That includes leaving re-hab whenever she feels like it. The Judge and Prosecutor will do NOTHING. The girl is teflon..nothing sticks.

547 days ago
254.

FIRECROTCH RIDES AGAIN    

The little Elf has super balls sewed in the back of his pants, he sure bounces around. Mr. White is not going to let them get away with this. The 10th is going to be interesting, the hearing following that more so.

547 days ago
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Sue Hamlin    

I think the judge doesn't care as long as he and his staff don't have to deal with LL, her atty and the associated trappings for 90 days. But the prosecutor is probably pretty steamed with these last minute shena****ns..

547 days ago
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