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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.

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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Who is LiLo fvcking?! If it were me, the courts would have sent a squad car to Morningside to pick me up and take me to county jail for violating the conditions of sentencing. She is the luckiest bitch in the world! The amount of sh!t she gets away with is incredible! I've gotta respect her game cos it's amazing.

517 days ago


haha she is making the judge look like a chump

517 days ago


It seems like the judge likes Lohan too much, or he is getting something out of nothing. Lohan's lawyer is lying into the judges face and to me he looks like a dumb ass judge.

517 days ago


This judge and the LA prosecuotrs are incompetent. They're all smiiten with this high profile celebrity case and not serving in the public interests. Lohan is making fools out of them all.

517 days ago


Hay judge do you think you been screwed.,guess what you did you got the lohan,no rescind your order and do it tight!

517 days ago


Shame on the system. Judge Judy is needed.

517 days ago


She'll be writing a book next How to screw the system standing up......

517 days ago


Someone is blowing someone. That is the only explanation for all this bull**** that is going on.

517 days ago


Someone is blowing someone. That is the only explanation for all this bull**** that is going on.

517 days ago


Bravo blowhan, you fooled the mental midgets again!

517 days ago

Lisa Newlin    

I'm sure she just stepped out to get some smokes. She probably had to rent a truck to haul back the amount of cigarettes she will need to get through a 90 day stint in rehab. She'll be back.

Oh, and by "smokes" and "cigarettes" I mean "coke" and "crack pipes."

516 days ago


My hunch shes not even on anything. The rehab isnt even necessary. I think she understands drivers are around. But the judge needs to show whose judge.. Also understandable.

516 days ago
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