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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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newsjunkie69    

This is an absolute joke. She must be blowing the judge.

539 days ago
317.

Suzy Q     

What have we learned?


Judges really have no power.
Prosecutors really have no power.
Heller wore a fantastical tie (almost clown like)
Lindsay showed everyone she's the boss.

539 days ago
318.

pstar    

I earned my GED so when I get out of prison I'm moving back to LA and be a judge

539 days ago
319.

tleeg    

UN-FU*KIN-BELIEVABLE!!!!!!! ANOTHER SLAP ON THE WRIST. DOES THIS JUDGE HAVE A VAGINA????

539 days ago
320.

darisa    

Once again, TMZ is proved wrong.

539 days ago
321.

Tracy    

I don't know why I continue to be astonished by the things this young woman gets away with, and yet I am. She gives authorities the proverbial bird and they say "Thank you Miss, may I have another."

539 days ago
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theroyalgs    

Seems like the lawyer TMZ calls a "Douchebag" is W.I.N.N.I.N.G ....................................................... and TMZ on it's predictions is "FAIL"

539 days ago
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mark    

How many BJs is this corrupt idiot Judge getting, or he is just a worthless pity party lib who hold his agenda more important then court integrity. Only in California land of fruits and nuts is Courts held in such utter contempt.

539 days ago
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pstar    

The plus side about Morningside is Lilo can score all the drugs she wants and the public can feel relief that she won't need to drive to get them

539 days ago
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Jenna5960    

When she eventually has to go to the Nee York facility (since this place is a joke) they better make her start the 90 days over. It's unbelievable what this chick gets away with. You would think she was a Kardashian lol.

539 days ago
326.

MAX    

the judges will keep letting her off until she's in her grave ..ba bye see ya

539 days ago
327.

Hefe    

At this point, I'm pretty sure she could commit murder & not serve an hour in jail.

539 days ago
328.

HelloDerps    

How come this dumb b!tch gets to keep making up her own FKN RULES??? THIS IS SUCH BS what a joke...

539 days ago
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pstar    

Is it true that when you check in at Morningside they give you a personal prescription pad? If so, I'm coming to LA and going on a crime spree ( Charlie Sheen shot me down when I asked if he'd pay my bill)

539 days ago
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FIRECROTCH RIDES AGAIN    

Just had to return. Here is the link for FIVE PAGES of license revocations/suspensions. Enjoy LLFF you fruitcake http://www.adp.state.ca.us/Licensing/pdf/Suspended_and_Revoked_Programs.pdf

539 days ago
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