Beverly Hills judge could send Lindsay Lohan to jail [Updated]
[Updated, 11:30 a.m.: A Beverly Hills judge said Tuesday that she would consider whether Lindsay Lohan violated her probation in a drunk driving case only on the actress' failure to attend some scheduled alcohol education classes, and not simply because the alarm on her alcohol monitoring device was triggered.
Judge Marsha Revel said that the alcohol-detection bracelet that Lohan was ordered to wear was a requirement of her bail and not a condition of her probation.
On June 8, Revel issued an arrest warrant for Lohan, who was attending the MTV Movie Awards three days earlier when the alarm on her monitoring device was triggered. Typically, the alarm 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.
On Tuesday, prosecutors were trying to show that Lohan failed to comply with the weekly attendance directive for her alcohol education classes. An operator of the class said that Lohan had nine absences.]
At the June hearing, the judge did not specify how Lohan violated the May 24 court order other than to say she received an adverse report from the actress' alcohol-detection ankle bracelet. Lohan posted $200,000 bail, setting the stage for her court appearance Tuesday morning.
According to sources close to the case, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter was ongoing, the alcohol-monitoring device on Lohan's ankle sent a report indicating the presence of alcohol after the MTV Movie Awards. Lohan attended the awards and an after-party, wearing pants to cover the device.
The ankle monitor issues an alert when it is tampered with or when the person wearing it drinks 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 the star of "Mean Girls," "Freaky Friday" and "Herbie Fully Loaded" failed to show up the previous week for a mandatory progress review on whether she was abiding by the terms of her probation.
After posting bail for her client, Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, released a statement saying that while the device detected a small amount of alcohol, she could not verify its accuracy.
At the time, the actress issued a blunt denial on her Twitter account: "My SCRAM wasn't set off -- It's physically impossible considering I've [done] nothing for it to go off. All of these false [reports] are absolutely wrong."
-- Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton
Photo: Lindsay Lohan walks into the Beverly Hills courthouse for her probation status hearing. Credit: John W. Adkisson / Los Angeles Times