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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.

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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Judge shld shut this down cuz he's not answering the Q

510 days ago


I just do not understand why everything has to be a problem with this woman. It is as though she can not do anything without causing confusion and problems.

510 days ago


Dig That Hole Heller!

510 days ago


Go get em tezzer white

510 days ago

Its Nikki Bitches    

Heller mocking the judge


510 days ago


I need play by play! I'm at work and the live feed is blocked! Helllllp me please!

510 days ago


as long as she stays in that rehab, I think they will leave this alone. She better hope the judge is a smoker and has a little sympathy, she could end up getting pulled out of rehab for jail. Jail would be better, she got 90 days, she will do 45 tops and maybe even way way less because of over population.

510 days ago


Where can I see the live stream?

510 days ago


If this judge lets the bimbo off, he needs to be disbarred. She's gotten MORE than enough free passes. If it were an average schlub... they'd have been in jail minimum of 2 years no questions asked.

510 days ago


can someone please tell me what happened at the beginning? I missed it!!

510 days ago


No one gives crap directly to a judge.

510 days ago


Heller is a complete idiot and the prosecution is sooooooooo pissed at him!

510 days ago


Im sure the judge wont care if the program is up to the courts standards. I am just happy she is locked away somewhere for 90 days. She will surely mess up and land in jail anyways. Its just a matter of time now.

510 days ago


Bitch will get away with it again because of a misstep in the wording. This is what attorneys do best.

510 days ago

Its Nikki Bitches    

His face is PRICELESS while reading

510 days ago
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