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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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LISA    

MADI! I just reposted my reply to you from last night on the other thread, so if you didn't see it, it is the last post.

509 days ago
47.

Snickerbrains    

1. 90 Days Rehab
2. No phone, no electronics, no TV
3. Getting humble by scrubbing a few toilets
4. Not 270 outfits
5. She needs to be brought down then brought back up, bootcamp style.
6. Move far, far away from the people, and the places, that enable her. That includes her family.

Celebrity Justice isn't helping her in the least.

Will she get it? Nah sadly don't think so.

509 days ago
48.

Its Nikki Bitches    

I love that this new Judge HATES Heller and Lying Lindsay

509 days ago
49.

LLsez    

*CHEERS!!*

509 days ago
50.

palermo    

Sentence her to death and shut the hell up

509 days ago
51.

GG    

Please, isn't it time to throw her sorry ass in jail where she belongs. I have never seen such disregard for the law as what this trash heap seems to get away with. Make our judicial system a laughing stock.

509 days ago
52.

master    

I never give HOLO the benifit of the doubt but i am going to go out on a limb and say they know she is going to LA today, and nothing crazy will happen

509 days ago
53.

rehabluvsme    

She'll walk in the courtroom, make her demands, the judge will agree, and she'll walk out free as usual. The favoritism she receives from the court is beyond ridiculous at this point. It's disgusting. They just need to drop all the charges and convictions, and let her go on her merry way. It's better then her entitled a s s making a mockery of the court on a continual basis. Stop giving her power in a situation which she should have no control over.

509 days ago
54.

ohmeowzer    

if she gets the 90 days she will be out in 2 days

509 days ago
55.

Lindsay Lohan Fan Forever    

The Judge should let her continue her treatment and save taxpayers money :)

509 days ago
56.

Really_Though    

you are ALL RUBES for following this crap.

509 days ago
57.

Steve    

Red heads stink

509 days ago
58.

Carol Bob    

Great! I am now going to waste time waiting for court to start. Why do I do this to myself? I have problems.

509 days ago
59.

jpm4444    

If the judge was mad he'd put her in jail for 6 months.

Celebs are above the law in so cal. Always has been that way; always will.

509 days ago
60.

Jay-D    

Oh please... Tmz tells us how mad the prosecutor and judge is and that she will likely be heading to jail but then she never does. Just once i hope tmz is right about this but she ALWAYS finds a way to get out of it... Be too perfect to see her behind bars.

509 days ago
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