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Judge sentences Lindsay Lohan to jail [Updated]

Lindsay Lohan attends a probation hearing in Beverly Hills.

A Beverly Hills judge ruled Tuesday that Lindsay Lohan violated the terms of her probation in a drunk-driving case when she failed to attend alcohol education classes and sentenced her to 90 days in jail.

Judge Marsha N. Revel stated several instances over the last few years in which the actress lied about taking drugs and drinking.

"It's like someone who cheats but doesn't think it's cheating if they don't get caught," Revel said.

[Updated at 3:47 p.m.: The judge said that Lohan had repeatedly deceived authorities following her first drunk-driving arrest in 2007. She said Lohan lied by pretending she was not the driver in that case. Two months later Lohan was arrested for drunk driving.

"Once again she lied about her driving," Revel said.

The judge said Lohan again lied when a white substance was found in her pants and tried to say they were someone's else pants. Revel said she tested positive for cocaine after the arrest.

"She lied then and lied prior to that," Revel said.

In addition to 90 days in jail, the judge sentenced Lohan to 90 days in a drug rehab center.]

Before sentencing, a tearful Lohan addressed the court, saying "as far as I knew I was in compliance with my programs.”

“I wasn’t trying to get special treatment," the actress said. "I have to provide for myself. I have to work. Having said that, I did everything to balance my jobs and showing up. I’m not taking this as a joke. It’s my life. It’s my career. ... I take responsibility for my actions. I’ve tried to do the best I can. It’s been such a long haul, I don’t want you to think that I don’t respect you.”

Prosecutors had argued that the star of "Mean Girls," "Freaky Friday" and "Herbie Fully Loaded" failed to comply with the weekly attendance directive for her alcohol education classes. An operator of the class testified that Lohan had nine absences.

Revel was critical of program operator Cheryl Marshall for failing to report Lohan's absences to the court before the actress had her bail revoked when the alarm on her alcohol monitoring device was triggered on June 6. That was the same night that Lohan attended the MTV Movie Awards.

[Updated at 12:41 a.m. July 7: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said Lohan's alcohol monitoring device was triggered the night that Lohan had attended the MTV Music Awards.]

Under questions from the prosecutor, Marshall told the court that Lohan did not sign in on some days the program claimed she had attended and that her signature was on a sign-in sheet on a day she did not attend. Marshall revealed Lohan never attended group meetings but opted for one-on-one sessions because of privacy concerns.

Defense attorney Shawn Chapman Holley argued that Lohan was "absolutely on track to finish the program" and had complied with most of the court's orders.

In considering her punishment, Revel said she considered whether Lohan violated her probation only for the actress' failure to attend some scheduled alcohol education classes, not because the alcohol-detection bracelet that Lohan was ordered to wear had been triggered following the MTV Movie Awards.

On June 8, Revel issued an arrest warrant for Lohan after the alarm on her monitoring device was triggered. The alarm typically sounds when the bracelet is tampered with or if the person wearing it consumes alcohol. The SCRAM device, or Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor, checks for traces of alcohol in the air above the user's skin.

Revel ordered Lohan to be fitted with the device May 24 after Lohan failed to show up the previous week for a mandatory progress review on whether she was abiding by the terms of her probation.

-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein

Photo credit: KTLA News

Watch a KTLA News video of a tearful Lohan.

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Ms. Lohan was not sentenced to 90 days in jail. She was sentenced to 90 days in a residential treatment program. Also known as a "vacation".

Lindsey needs 90 days in jail and parents who want to parent her, not be her girlfriend or try to glom onto the finite amount of fame the girl has managed to hang on to. Lindsey has been on a road to some really bad things her entire life. Maybe 90 days in jail is the wake-up call she and her parents need.

I feel sad for Lindsay, looks like Hollywood and crappy parents really screwed her up, but she's an adult now and has to take responsibility for her own actions. Maybe jail is the wake-up call she needs, though I doubt she'll serve the entire sentence.

hopefully this wakes her up. She has so much potential but failed so badly.

About time!! Too bad she will only spend around four hours in a cell before they release her for "over-crowding" and lack of safety in the jail. At this point maybe she should hire Lizzie Grubman to revamp her PR...birds of a feather.

I didn't think celebrities went to jail.
Oh, wait. Lohan....yeah, she's goin' to the pen.

This is news?

blame everyone but herself ! this chick has ISSUES !

about time

sentenced and served is 2 different things. have to wait and see if this prima donna is going to actually have to serve 90 days. my guess is, I doubt it.

sentenced and served is 2 different things. have to wait and see if this prima donna is going to actually have to serve 90 days. my guess is, I doubt it.

sentenced and served is 2 different things. have to wait and see if this prima donna is going to actually have to serve 90 days. my guess is, I doubt it.

about time

It looks like the judge acted in her own interests -- under pressure to seem tough, she rules in favor of a weak prosecution's case. Whether or not you like Lohan or not is irrelevant. The facts of this case show she has attended the classes, but when busy rescheduled the classes and even made up extra time.

It's a shame that with all the felons in this world, a generally good hearted person is put behind bars because she, like all of us, is flawed.

Serve's her right


Excellent! It sure has taken the Court a long time to regain it's authority and credibility. Now the question is, "90 days in jail = how many actual days behind bars?" I hope she has to do all 90 days, and they let her out very late on the 90th day.

I wonder how long it will take her to violate another law once this whole thing is over?

It's about time this little dooshbag paid the price for her continuous inability to follow the law. If the common person failed to do what the court demands repeatedly, we would do a minimum of 6 months to a 1 year in jail. She has had
multiple DUI's + cocaine + vehicle damage + lying to the police = GO TO JAIL.

Just leave her alone. She has enough problems. She has talent, she has the ability to change. Just leave her alone, or is no one satisfied until she is ruined?

Good! The silly little tweet should have gotten 180 days...You left coast showbuz flakes have to understand that being famous means nothing to the rest of us real Americans! You break the law you do the time!


Well, finally ajudge who's not bowed over by celebrity! To watch Lindsay squirm (and whine to her lawyer) while the judge lowered the boom was worth the wait. When average people get max sentences and celebrities walk with minimal penalties, our young kids lose all respect and fear of the judicial system. They just hope they will get special treatment too! Good job Judge!!!!

lindsey lohan should stay in jail for a long time to learn her lesson

Welcome to the real world sweetheart.

90 days? Man she got off easy...

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