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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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gta    

TMZ's next article will be about how Lindsay skates again. Le sigh.

434 days ago
77.

Amy E    

Oh for God's sake, throw her in the hoosegow already!

434 days ago
78.

rob    

Just because they won't let you smoke? Lindsay grow up. It's not the end of the world. It's only 90 days. Would you rather be in jail? Or in a nice rehab center? Apparently its jail. Really a shame! I was a chain smoker and I was able to quit cold turkey although it was hard I tried not to think about a cigarette.

434 days ago
79.

Ellie G    

OFF WITH HER HEAD!!

TEAM GUILLOTINE!

434 days ago
80.

LLsez    

No Concrete Walk for Blo? That must mean she is LOCKED UP and starting to detox.....?

434 days ago
81.

Sue    

I can now see why this stupid woman is so broke ! When you think about ALL THE MONEY she has spent on Attorney's, fines, court costs, air fare , hotels, and Rehab , all stemming from her law breaking schangans , she does not have a dime to her name . What A Waste

Anyone out there care to lists all her schangans in order for the past 8 years of her young life ????

434 days ago
82.

q    

The justice system don't want people like her in jails any longer than it takes to be PRIVATELY booked and released. Her wealth and publicly is a liability. One slipup in the real world of a detention center the taxpayers are sued and it's open season on politicians/appointees/employees. All it would take is seconds for her to see something they like to keep lids on and heads would roll.

434 days ago
83.

MADISYN, LIAISON TO THE H8TURDS!!    

Why is the judge going to be 'pissed'? She's either in her 'court approved' rehab SeaHag or she's violating by going to Morningside which is 'allegedly' not 'court approved' in which case he issues a warrant and throws her in jail. Done. Easy peasy . . .

434 days ago
84.

nipples mugee    

I don't get the fascination everyone has with this chick ? She has only committed minor offenses , there are far worse criminals out on the streets we should be aware off. Killers ,rapists, child molesters.. And what did she do?? Steal a necklace ? And drive under the influence ? Please.. all petty offences.

434 days ago
85.

Mabel Leaf    

What's going on?

434 days ago
86.

HannahF    

How does Harvey know that Dabney will be pissed?
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This 90 day crap is just as wrong as the lock down bs.

434 days ago
87.

Anonymous    

Come on people.......everyone who is hoping she will get thrown in jail are going to be disappointed again. She will get yet another light slap on the wrist, another hollow lecture, and be on her merry way. We'll get the usual overcrowded jail excuses and the "you're on the right track, keep up the good work" comment from the judge. Nothing is going to change.

434 days ago
88.

jen    

TMZ your at the wrong place......go to the BEACH....lilo is the one sitting there laughing her arse off smoking and downing vodka, oh, yeah, she sporting a new pair of Chanel sunglasses also!!!!!

434 days ago
89.

Michael    

God I hope the judge throws the book at her! No early release. No freebies. No extra time or help. Everyday it's another LILO story. And she is getting away with everything, except murder so far. And that ain't far away I bet!

434 days ago
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FIRECROTCH RIDES AGAIN    

Being of a curious nature, looked up the California State records on Morningside. LOTS of them have had their licenses revoked and the others are suspended, does firecrotch and her elf think this will really work?

434 days ago
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