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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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61.

DeeMaree    

Shopping without a care in the world. Lohan world is a blissful place. God I would just like to see the look on her bloated face if the Judge went against the odds and told her due to her lack of respect for the court, he was having her serve the two consecutive 180 day sentences. Just to SEE her reaction. HEAR what she says. Oh I know, dream on.

484 days ago
62.

Steve    

She should just go to jail, they will process her out in a few hours and it will all be over and done.

484 days ago
63.

Its Nikki Bitches    

BIG MOUTH HELLER LOOKS SCARED


BWAHAHAHAAHHAHAHHAHHAHHAHA!!

484 days ago
64.

FIRECROTCH RIDES AGAIN    

The Elf didn't have anything to say, does he feel the fire on his ass?

484 days ago
65.

I'll Never Tell    

My cynical translation of this story is that Lilo may have a 100% chance of positively, absolutely, probably not going to jail today.

484 days ago
66.

OG Rico     

How can you deny that the Star of David relates to Saturn and the Sabbath and therefore Capricorn?Following from Revelation 13 1-10, verse 11-18 describes the opposite solstice, the winter solstice or the zodiac symbol Capricorn. Needless to say Capricorn does have two horns like a lamb and Capricorn’s zodiac element is earth as in; “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth”. The planet attributed to Capricorn is Saturn and the reference to the mark and the number “666” appears to be a reference to Saturn. People that worship gods on a Saturday are known to respect the Sabbath, the people that do this are giving respect to the age old god Saturn or in Greek Kronos. The well regarded religious group that continues to worship on the Sabbath are jewish people. The jewish people most recent political incarnation, Israel, was formed in 1948 and is duly represented by a stellated hexagon commonly known as the Star of David; a symbolic reference to the Old Testament patriarch King David. A stellated hexagon is formed with a six sided polygon with six vertices at its inner edges and another six vertices formed at its outer points.

484 days ago
67.

Cheryl    

Would you idiots and those at TMZ quit yelling for jail time! Its really really stupid. I mean really. If she gets jail time instead of rehab no matter where she chooses to end up she will be out in minutes rather than months! Only an idiot would be giddily cheering for the judge to give her jail instead of rehab! This is California. The jail system is a mess. She hasn't murdered anyone and short of that they just wont keep you in jail here for anything less.If the prosecutor had any sense at all he would have just let her go on the lying thing. She moved clear across the country and he couldnt just let her stay there! At least in NY when she screws up there is a actual punishment!

484 days ago
68.

Bucket    

Lindsay Lohan has been behaving really good lately. Let her go

484 days ago
69.

Its Nikki Bitches    

I sure do love when Heller trips over his words and the Judge makes him look like a fool


Also Heller is kicking hisself in the ass, getting involved with her


THE CLIENT FROM HELL, WHOS NOT WORTH THE ANYONES TIME

484 days ago
70.

jen    

TMZ STOP......its a court approved change in venue.....stop the media hype....no one is in trouble and she IS reporting to rehab....end of story....

484 days ago
71.

pix    

Live feed + iPhone = nothing?

484 days ago
72.

starz86    

the video stopped??

484 days ago
73.

DrDeMarzo    

Every single time she's to appear in court TMZ claims the judge will throw the book at her, that she's in big trouble, blah blah blah. A deal has for sure been struck behind the scenes and nobody told TMZ. There will be no "pissed off" judge. She won't do jail time. Love TMZ, but c'mon guys, this is all a bunch of hype.

484 days ago
74.

Zach Swan    

Great. Reinstate her 90 day sentence and this tw@t will be released in 4 hrs due to 'overcrowding'. Justice fails again.

484 days ago
75.

hank hill    

can't believe I am going to waste another morning watching this. One of these days I hope to see handcuffs

484 days ago
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