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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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91.

Lindsay Lohan Fan Forever    

8:45 AM PT -- LINDSAY HAS JUST CHECKED IN TO MORNINGSIDE RECOVERY IN NEWPORT BEACH.

435 days ago
92.

ME ME     

She needs to just die already... no one cares anymore

435 days ago
93.

swack    

PROVE she checked in.

435 days ago
94.

Amy E    

Also, has the live feed started yet? I just see a still shot of the court room seal. I know I've asked this before....TMZ, I wish there was a better way of letting us know when the live feed will air, or that we're not missing anything, instead of just a "stay tuned." Just a suggestion.

435 days ago
95.

OldeGreyWoolf    

Stop playing around with her; just go ahead anbd put the bitch in jail and she can go cold turkey on everything. Might do her some good. 90 days of no smokes, no drugs and no booze.

435 days ago
96.

Firefly    

Has anyone thought that maybe this is a game plan? The Judge, lawyers, Prosecutors are all in on it. First they let leak that Lindsay is going one place then they let leak they changed that. Then Lindsay says she's going to Cali. When Little Lindsay is in some state somewhere that no one knows about not even her father or mother. That way there would be no pap leaks by sources. And if anything is leaked in the hidden rehab then they can narrow down the source to being someone in the rehab. They could get into serious trouble if that happens. So maybe this is a big Ha Ha got you on all of us sitting here waiting.
:)

435 days ago
97.

LLsez    

MORNINGSIDE RECOVERY=ROUGUE FACILITY

435 days ago
98.

Majestik    

Fcuking DRAMA QUEENS. You know damn well the prosecutors aren't going to bitch that she's in a different rehab, it would be nothing but a waste of court time to bother disapproving of the move. AT LEAST she's checked into rehab. Now let's wait and see how long before there is an explosion out of Smeggy while detoxing.

435 days ago
99.

oink    

No Rehab or Jail is going to Hold Lindsay Lohan !! LOL

435 days ago
100.

Mabel Leaf    

.Lindsay has just checked into morningside recovery center...with a suitcase full of smokes!

435 days ago
101.

Dobby    

She really thinks no one can touch herThey need to throw her AZZ in jail for the entire sentence, and not in some celebrity jail, either. One where she has girlfriends. Oh wait, she won't mind....

435 days ago
102.

ohmeowzer    

game over she is off the hook just check into rehab .. i knew she would get away with it

435 days ago
103.

tmzer    

wtf. heller gonna re-sign papers and she goto that new assigned rehab facility immediatedly today. where's the big deal here.

435 days ago
104.

LLsez    

State report: Morningside is a 'rogue rehab'
The state failed to act against the Newport Beach facility's continual providing of unregulated medical and psychological care, the report alleges.

Newport Beach's Morningside Recovery is a "rogue rehab," according to a state Senate report.

In the report released Tuesday, the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes determined that the state Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) failed to act quickly despite Morningside providing unregulated medical and psychological care for years in defiance of state law.

In its sample of a few hundred among the 805 state-licensed rehab facilities, the report determined that "the state's prohibition against providing medical care is widely ignored."

435 days ago
105.

tdr9    

She's finished. Case closed

435 days ago
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