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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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Sarah    

I am so sick and tired of seeing these headlines from TMZ saying Lindsey is "for sure" going to jail this time, shes late to court so she'll "definitely" get the book thrown at her, etc. Can you stop calling it until something significant ACTUALLY happens to her? I barely look at your Lohan coverage anymore because you always jump the gun and look stupid.

506 days ago
257.

Sonja    

I still don't see that as a win for her. It does not sound like the DA is happy at all and already leaning towards getting enough info to convince the judge that this place has a bad reputation and request that she go to the place originally agreed on. And he wants it done by Fri .. none of that in a month crap. And he wouldn't speak to the CEO lady.. he was not playing Heller's game. So I'm holding out that this little tactic will not fly and Lindsay will not get her way this time.

506 days ago
258.

Gloryg7    

PATHETIC! She gets to tell the law what she is going to do? Really? So then that rule should apply to everyone who breaks the law..... and then where would we be. Rich or celebrity or not if you break the law as this degenerate has done time and again then you go to jail! Period

506 days ago
259.

FLUX    

At least she will not be out drinking and driving, stealing, destroying property, slapping people or making crappy movies.

506 days ago
260.

master    

I am willing to bet TMZ has a jump start on digging into the rehab and we will be seeing articles soon listing every violation they have ever had..

506 days ago
261.

Fred Farkel    

Now I know where my arrogant loser kids all get the nerve to flcik boogers at the law...

506 days ago
262.

TMZZ    

That judge sure seemed PISSED! Another swing and a miss TMZ.

506 days ago
263.

Jody    

I sent TMZ one article about the license suspension of Morningside last night. This is the real reason Lindsay wants to go there. She will be allowed to take Adderell too, you watch.

506 days ago
264.

vegas-mom-    

Yup she gets away with it

506 days ago
265.

Phreaky    

EXACTLY what I said would happen - nothing.

506 days ago
266.

ernie    

"Be not deceived" Galatians 6:7-8 - "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." (KJV) Proverbs 14:12 - "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (KJV)

506 days ago
267.

LLsez    

Ha, ha...get ready Morningside to be investigated UP the yin-yang...every reporter was already shouting out about how disreputable and discredited they are.

Good Times!!

506 days ago
268.

FIRECROTCH RIDES AGAIN    

Aw well, off to my job. Laughing all the way. I do like Terry "The Nutcracker" White. He just busted the little Elf's balls for him.

506 days ago
269.

hotandcold    

Teflon Queen skates, again. Damn!

506 days ago
270.

Lindsay Lohan Fan Forever    

Now if the prosecution disagree but the Judge is okay with this could Lindsay just get the 90 days in jail with time served for rehab ?
That's nothing.

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