Judge postpones vacation to deal with Lindsay Lohan case
A Beverly Hills judge who took Lindsay Lohan to task for being at the Cannes Film Festival rather than appear at a mandatory court hearing has decided to take a day out of her vacation to take up the actress' case on Monday.
Judge Marsha N. Revel issued an arrest warrant for Lohan on Thursday when she failed to appear in court for a status hearing on a DUI case. The warrant was lifted after Lohan's attorney's posted 10% of the actress' $100,000 bond.
Lohan's attorneys said the actress lost her passport while at the festival and could not make the court appearance. The paparazzi in France chronicled Lohan's movements at various red-carpet premieres and parties.
Revel expressed skepticism about Lohan's story.
"Actions speak louder than words. I've heard the best words in the world, but the actions are far more important," the judge said. "She has a history of not keeping scheduled appointments.... I couldn't have been more clear about the priority of this case and getting things done."
Another judge was supposed to handle Lohan's case on Monday because Revel was scheduled to begin a vacation.
Court spokesman Allan Parachini said the judge would be taking time out of her vacation to conduct Monday's hearing. Revel has said that once Lohan surrenders, she will immediately forbid her from consuming alcohol, require her to wear an alcohol detection device and submit to drug testing at least once a week.
The judge noted that while Lohan is on probation for driving under the influence, the plea also resolved allegations involving cocaine. Revel also said she would consider revoking Lohan's probation for failing to comply with all the court orders in regards to an alcohol treatment program.
Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, said her client is substantially in compliance and that the program provider in court paperwork supports that view.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lindsay Lohan. Credit: Los Angeles Times