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Lindsay Lohan could be ordered back to jail Friday

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef01348591b7d1970c-800wiCall it the fall sequel.

Lindsay Lohan will waltz past camera-wielding paparazzi and onto a stage Friday in an all-too-familiar scene. But it won't be a red-carpet premiere.

It will be a hearing in Beverly Hills, during which a judge could decide to send the troubled actress back to jail after she failed to abide by his warning.

Superior Court Judge Elden S. Fox issued a no-bail bench warrant for Lohan after she failed a mandatory drug test. The warrant requires her to show up in court Friday or face arrest. The "Mean Girls" star already has served 13 days in jail and another 23 days in a lock-down rehab center at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this summer for violating her probation in a 2007 driving-under-the-influence conviction.

She was released from the UCLA center after she pledged to abide by a strict, twice-weekly random drug-testing regime. Fox warned her he would put in jail for 30 days if she tested positive or skipped a test.

Two weeks ago, despite pledges of sobriety, Lohan tested positive for traces of cocaine, according to several law enforcement sources.

Friday's hearing is not slated to be a probation-violation hearing, according to prosecutors. However, Fox may use it to hold Lohan in jail for 30 days until a hearing on that issue next month, sources familiar with the case said.

The judge, according to one law enforcement source, knows that if he sentences Lohan to 30 days in jail, she would probably serve about five days or less because of overcrowding.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office, which previously demanded jail time for the actress because she failed to attend the required number of alcohol-education classes, this time wants to go along with Fox's decision.

"What the judge decides, we will abide by," said spokeswoman Jane Robison.

Unless the actress' attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, can pull off a courtroom miracle, legal experts suggest that Lohan's Friday evening will be spent inside a jail cell in Lynwood rather than the Chateau Marmont.

"Ms. Lohan's get-out-of-jail-free card has expired," said Glen Jonas, a veteran criminal defense attorney. "However, if I were defending her, I would seek 90 days lock-down rehabilitation with jail-time credit waived. That way she receives the help she needs but the court is not perceived as catering to her celebrity status."

Legal experts say Lohan has taken at least one step this time to make the judge believe she is serious. She is no longer in denial. The starlet admitted on her Twitter feed that she failed the test.

"Regrettably, I did in fact fail my most recent drug test and if I am asked, I am prepared to appear before judge Fox next week as a result," she wrote. "This was certainly a setback for me but I am taking responsibility for my actions and I'm prepared to face the consequences."

-- Richard Winton

Photo credit: Los Angeles County Jail

Comments () | Archives (14)

I think she should do REAL time for her CRIME! I am so sick of stars getting aways with breaking the law because the are famous? PLEASE stop this injustice, if she were some (normal) gal, she would be in jail for sure!!!!!!

Three to five years in the can would do her up right and get her out of the limelight.

Make a serious example out of her. Maybe she can bunk with Paris.

Right where she belongs.

LOLZ, for what to laugh at the court, again. Out of 90 day's she only did 13 days. Went to rehab got released early. Now, there saying she might get 30 days. What is she going to go through booking and out the back with her make up crew waiting for her. This a total joke. Now, you wonder why Celeb's think there so unhuman and above the law. She is going to be making more money each time she violate's and 10 years from now if she is still alive. Write a book.

For what its worth, I was told she will definitely be sent to jail tomorrow for 30 actual days, no good time or early release. Good luck Miss Thang.

Why does the lAT continue to say she was in a "rehab" at UCLA. The term is universally understood to mean an drug addiction treatment facility.

Every crime I've been caught doing I've done time for. Why should she be any differant?

Everything the judge has been giving Ms. Lohan is actually what they give to non-star criminals. You dont do major time for being under the influence or not passing a drug test. That would be a waste of tax money. They shouldnt even send her to jail. Let her do as she feels and ruin her OWN life. WORD!

I, too, am sick of the rich and famous buying their way out of trouble. My grandson is doing 16 months in prison for under the influence, possession and/or paraphenalia charges; I'll bet if the family had the money he would have gotten a slap on the wrist like these rich and famous full-blown addicts.

This is ludicrous Lyndsey can do as she likes!She is part of the TV train wreck generation every one in America aspires to reach her level of incredulity and scandal!
If you ignore them they go away!

Very sad to see. Why does Hollywood do this to young people?

She is BAILING out tomorrow because she only has misdemeanors.
She won't 30 days and when she is actually sentenced she will get out because of overcrowding.
This is Judge Revel's fault for putting her on formal probation it is costing Calif a fortune

What is wrong with you people? This is a person. "I think she should do REAL time for her CRIME! I am so sick of stars getting aways with breaking the law because the are famous?"

Why is there a question mark at the end of your STATEMENT. What you're talking about is discriminating against her because she's a star. You're participating in the very thing you claim to be against. In other words, you're an idiot. She committed a crime? What crime? She did cocaine. What people do on their own time is their business. Her only crime was a DUI awhile back, and maybe she should have gone to jail for that, maybe she shouldn't have. But that was three years ago. All she's done lately is drugs, not show up for court dates, and other such trivialities. She's been doing physically addictive drugs for years. You can't just stop those cold turkey because a judge tells you too. Addiction is a disease, and she's currently being punished for having a disease. What she really needs is to be weaned slowly off of cocaine, heroine, or whatever she's doing. For heroine they have suboxone and methadone which are helpful in some respects and which cause more problems in other respects. For cocaine I don't know that they have anything like that, and since cocaine is illegal, it's illegal for a judge to say she can wean off cocaine. Because of this, she needs to do it herself, alone, while trying to dodge drug tests. It's horrible. I'm not saying she contributes to our planet in an Einstein like fashion, or that she's even a likable person, at least in the public spotlight. She might be to her friends. Or maybe she's truly a spoiled brat. Either way, she's a person. Comments like "Three to five years in the can would do her up right and get her out of the limelight" are completely insensitive and horrible. How would you enjoy three to five years being locked up? Think before you speak. Put yourself in her shoes. Obviously being a child star celebrity isn't as easy as you all think it is. I bet in many ways she wishes she could trade places with you guys.

There is a light at the end of all this. Look at her. Look at the wrinkles and damaged skin and craziness. She looks 40 already so she's coming to the end. Which means that within a couple of years, she'll be good for nothing other than a laugh. (And possibly inexpensive pornography)

Do you notice every so often.. she is turned away from events and places? Not always. Not even frequently. But on occasion.. See how it's starting already? This will continue to get worse and worse from here on in. The only people that get old gracefully in hollywood are the people with dignity and if there is one thing Lindsay lacks it's dignity.

she won't bow out gracefully. But that should be the fun part.


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