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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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106.

hank hill    

The judge don't read TMZ

438 days ago
107.

Shum    

judge wont care as long as she is in rehab.

438 days ago
108.

HannahF    

Tee hee

438 days ago
109.

Its Nikki Bitches    

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHA!!!


EPIC FAIL FOR HELLER


BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

438 days ago
110.

Majestik    

LMFAO, someone fill me in, I just can't listen to Heller Skeller posturing and deviating off of the subject at hand.

438 days ago
111.

FIRECROTCH RIDES AGAIN    

Dance little Elf, Dance

438 days ago
112.

Michelle    

SACRED???? LMAO!!

438 days ago
113.

Dobby    

Lindsay's lawyer looks like Ramone from The Proposal.

438 days ago
114.

HannahF    

Biatch please!! Relevance

438 days ago
115.

OldeGreyWoolf    

Lilo's lawyer = snake!!

438 days ago
116.

Chris F.    

Wow...can't wait to hear how pissed off the judge is before he gives her "one more chance"......

438 days ago
117.

HannahF    

Spin, spin, spin

438 days ago
118.

Luke    

Lindsey Lohan's Lawyer is an idiot. Lindsey Lohan is an idiot.

438 days ago
119.

Lindsay Lohan Fan Forever    

I think Heller will swing this

438 days ago
120.

I'll Never Tell    

Ah, at least Heller never disappoints. Good thing the judge has never heard of this little thing called the internet. Would be disastrous if the judge know about the smoking issue.

438 days ago
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