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Lindsay Lohan's stay at Betty Ford Center could be viewed favorably by court

Lindsay Lohan’s treatment at the Betty Ford Center is seen by those connected with the case as a first step toward her accepting that she needs to change her lifestyle and may persuade a judge not to send her back to jail.

After a summer of headlines focusing on court hearings rather than red carpets, 13 days in jail and 23 days in a UCLA rehab center, Lohan faces an Oct. 22 probation violation hearing for using narcotics.

Sources connected with her case say Beverly Hills Judge Elden Fox may look favorably on her decision to enter the Betty Ford Center earlier this week, but others caution it was her only option.

The decision by Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, to convince another judge to release Lohan on $300,000 bail last week after 15 hours in jail could make for a tough hearing.

"If Judge Fox would have been satisfied with checking into rehabilitation, he would have proposed that as a disposition for admitting the probation violation," said Glen Jonas, a veteran defense attorney unconnected to the Lohan case.

"Judge Fox is a fair judge, so he will consider her efforts toward rehabilitation, but there is a larger issue to deal with, and that is teaching her to respect the terms of her probation as well as the orders of the court," Jonas continued. "I expect he will sentence her to at least 30 days jail and possibly more."

A source not authorized to speak publicly said Lohan's camp must ensure she does not run with the crowd who previously got her into trouble.

The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage has helped such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Downey Jr., and Lohan’s mother and management team believe it could do the same for the troubled starlet, sources said.

While Lohan tested positive for cocaine after her release earlier this month from rehab and jail, Sheriff’s Department sources say she showed no signs of withdrawal when she entered the Century Regional Detention Facility this summer.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Lindsay Lohan. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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Of course it will. She should have entered right after her confessional "tweet" and before she went to court for probation violation for maximum effect. Someday, hopefully soon, both her and the people around her will see how foolish they have been.

this is a pure smokescreen...she's a hardcore drug addict...jail is the only solution to show her what the reality of continued drug use is...jail the drug addict and throw away the key!!!

Lindsays options are getting slimmer and slimmer each time she checks back into another rehab facility....it's inevitable she got to Betty Fords....there are only so many rehab facilties out there. It's an inside job...you have to REALLY WANT to change your life...not just because others thinks it's best for you. I pity the poor girl.

I almost wish I was messed up enough to go to rehab, just so I could hang out with her. If she went to jail, then we would have to be separated. Just kidding, but she is really cool. Jail isn't, though.
She must really be sick to put partying ahead of her career, just look at her record. But then again, Lilo is just another child star who has something to prove, in which case, she's not sick, she just has an enormous ego.
Betty Ford, boy, I hear it's tough out there, but then again I keep hearing how it's the same deal as the other rehab joints, where the attitude is, take it easy, you have alternatives to think about, but nobody's getting any shock treatment a la Girl, Interrupted or The Bell Jar.
Crisis of Conscience for Miss Lohan: to be the next Marilyn, the next Britney or the next Plath, she has to be dull and derivative like so many stars who cash in on American legends. So we stay curious in the interminable interregnum and ask, Who is the real Lindsay Lohan? What will survive this creative froth spewing forth from Southern California?

If this celebrity drug addict is going to continually be in the news, can we at least counter that with something newsworthy -- like the name and age of each soldier who gave his life this week? That is news. Important news.

The judge made the decision to let her out of rehab after all. He had all the evidence in front of him, so presumably he should take that into consideration. She obviously needs rehab instead of jail. Presumably because she is famous, everyone is baying for her blood, but seriously, what difference does it make if she goes to jail or rehab?? As long as she gets sorted out, who cares?? Like someone said on here, there are solders dying weekly who deserve more of our news time!!!

Here is the real reason why there is a drug problem in the USA. The USER is as much to blame as the person that bring them to this country. But no ones ever blames the user its only the "illegal's,Mexicans etc that get the blame.

I understand how people feel about Mz Lohan, But Prison does not help an addict. IF in fact she is an Addict she need's REAL HELP not YES MEN. This young lady AS MUCH AS I DO NOT LIKE HER OFF SCREEN, Need's real help and I truly hope she get's it or else we will be reading about her Over Dose in the headlines.

Glen Jonas, a veteran defense attorney unconnected to the Lohan case. says "but there is a larger issue to deal with, and that is teaching her to respect the terms of her probation as well as the orders of the court,".

No you Idiot. The larger issue hear is actually takeing a sick person and helping them to get well. Puting a person in jail does not do anything to treat or cure any disease known to man. Addiction is a disease. It needs to be treated. The Betty Ford center has an excellent reputation. Throwing a person in jail for what origionally was a misdemeanor offence. is stupidity.
It's a waste of taxpayer money. This judge seems to want to punish her for being honest enough to admit publicly that she stumbled in her treatment. What addict hasen't ? Let her pay for her own treatment to get well instead of haveing the taxpayers pay to incarcerate her.

It's time our legal system grew up and realized that cureing people of their problums will do more to stop the recidivism rate. Throwing them in jail does nothing to prevent them from useing again...

Judges need to concentrate more on whats best for the person in the long run, not on "getting back" at a person for exercising their legal rights to bail.


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