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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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HannahF    

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

437 days ago
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Jay    

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.

437 days ago
123.

Boozez    

Dig That Hole Heller!

437 days ago
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942903    

Go get em tezzer white

437 days ago
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Its Nikki Bitches    

Heller mocking the judge


BWAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!

437 days ago
126.

CoolPhosphorescentShimmer    

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

437 days ago
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Mr.Mackey    

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.

437 days ago
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Jenna5960    

Where can I see the live stream?

437 days ago
129.

Mayu    

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.

437 days ago
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balls    

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

437 days ago
131.

HannahF    

No one gives crap directly to a judge.

437 days ago
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LISA    

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

437 days ago
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Jay    

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.

437 days ago
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Jody    

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

437 days ago
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Its Nikki Bitches    

His face is PRICELESS while reading

437 days ago
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