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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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Zephyr, Enemy of #LittleWhores    

Zephyr

How much you wanna bet she'll enroll in Morningside before Heller sees the judge, hoping that he'll accept the facility since she's already there?

20 hours ago
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Yep, I called that one. Lohan is so predictable.

354 days ago
332.

pattycakes not to be confused with pattycake    

As long as she is off the streets for 90 days.;the world is a safer place. And honestly this girl smokes so much but nobody cared to get her into nonsmoking. Her lungs need 3 months rest. Slows down the COPD progression. Just to feel better. She likes feeling crappy b/c it's better than sobriety to her. Pathetic. She is a mere caricature of her former self. She looks like a GEICO gecko painted orange.her mug shot looked absolutely reptilian! She is a scary entity.

354 days ago
333.

Suzy Q     

All Morningside licenses suspended and revokes.

Pages 3 and 4


http://www.adp.ca.gov/Licensing/pdf/Suspended_and_Revoked_Programs.pdf

354 days ago
334.

Michell    

Hasn't she made a fool out of the California system long enough. She disrespects them and they take it!! Bottom line.

354 days ago
335.

bart    

Just put her in jail and stop wasting the governments money and time for this un professional lawyer. Enough with the games. It is a running joke now. Just disgusting how this woman and her lawyers have used our system. The judge need to have some ball and just throw her in jail.

354 days ago
336.

21stcent    

What A F^^King JOKE!
Judge, uphold your own orders!
LL had 45 days to pick her rehab, 45 days to get it approved.
She waits until the last days to pick an unlicensed rehab?
Anyone else would be in jail NOW. What makes this criminal so special?
The whole world is laughing at the California court system.

354 days ago
337.

Jennifer R    

Seafield does let you smoke!She won't go there because they won't let her take her adderol!

354 days ago
338.

david Broham    

The Newport beach facility is not a rehab center its a sober liviing facility. She is in violation because she is not in rehab.

354 days ago
339.

danny    

Does this facility also supply the drugs and alcohol to the patients or do they have to bring their own.

354 days ago
340.

Roman Moroni    

I think it's absurd & degrading when Judges like this here pictured, fall to their feet & obey her every command - they might as well wash them while they are down there!

354 days ago
341.

Mother Nature    

It's just just the tie that "could itself be a felony", it's the dye job.

354 days ago
342.

Julia Douglas    

I have read most Lindsay stories and some of the comments. Everyone is missing the point. Lindsay is addicted. Her behavior is CLASSIC. Most rehabs don't allow smoking because people who "Use" smoke to cover feeling their feelings.. It is a part of the behavior. She is not going to straighten out until she is ready to face the ugly truth. She is powerless . Until then her addiction will rule. Been there,done that.

354 days ago
343.

az_barbie66    

Enough already. She keeps thumbing her nose at the judicial systm and they keep taking the crap. The rest of us would already have been locked up.

354 days ago
344.

fj    

california celebrity justice is as bizarre as california tax code

354 days ago
345.

Jasel    

It's amazing how this women seems to get away with pretty much anything and everything.

354 days ago
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