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Lindsay Lohan's lawyer blasts detectives' handling of battery case

LohanLindsay Lohan's attorney blasted Riverside County sheriff's detectives for publicly releasing information about their investigation into an altercation involving the star at the Betty Ford Center in Palm Desert.

Authorities said they believe Lohan violated her probation during the incident and have asked Riverside County prosecutors to consider charging Lohan with battery.

But in a statement, her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, questioned why officials were discussing the case.

"The important, yet limited, investigatory role of the police to gather facts and collect evidence is well-established," she said. But going "outside this limited role to issue a press statement … about what should happen in Ms. Lohan's case is highly unusual and deeply troubling."

Authorities said sheriff's investigators probably will send a copy of their investigation later this week to the Los Angeles County Probation Department, which is supervising Lohan's probation on a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence.

A worker at the clinic claims Lohan attacked her but she later told authorities she wanted to drop the allegation.

"Regardless of whether the victim is cooperating, we believe there is a case here to press charges … and the investigation determined Ms. Lohan violated several aspects of her probation," said Sgt. David Florez of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, which patrols Palm Desert. "Obviously, the battery is one violation. We aren't going to discuss the other violations at this point."

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Photo: Attorney Shawn Chapman Holley (right) with Lindsay Lohan in July 2010. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

 
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Either way she's going to get off easy. She's a celebrity and as a celebrity convict she's going to get special treatment... Again. If she would've have served her fulltime sentence the first time maybe this and other altercations (we won't discuss for good reason) could have been avoided.

I hope the sheriff's investigators don't give in to the whining & stall tactics of her lawyers!

"what should happen in Ms. Lohan's case is highly unusual and deeply troubling."

Very troubling for Ms. Lohan. Her move to Venice Beach should be a Big help in her recovery. What a joke....

leave the kid alone she could be anyone kid or niece
cut her some darn slack

She may not be behaving very well but I agree with her attorney in this instance. L.A.-area law enforcement has grown used to the attention it receives from the media and seems to enjoy basking in the limelight just a little when there's Hollywood fodder worth dishing. There's no glory for staying tight-lipped.

The public has made a mockery of her life. Leave the kid alone and let her grow up. Enough already...

How many school teachers will have to be fired to pay for this prosecution?

Prosecution and incarceration costs a lot of money and the last time I checked, Riverside County wasn't allowed to print up its own supply of cash.

Is this REALLY worth the public expenditure?

Remember, the state budget has already been cut to the bone and we're still cutting.

Venice is a great place to live! Right next to the beach. Artsy community. I'd like to move there. I think it's a good choice for Lindsay. She can hang out with the artsy types, go Bohemian. Maybe she'll become a Beatnik.

Hey "Rebel" -- the LA Times has documented the overcrowding crisis in LA county jails and the role this plays in getting almost ALL nonviolent offenders -- famous as well as non-famous -- released early from their sentences.

What I object to are these judges and prosecutors who know darned well that our system cannot handle the numbers of people and lengths of sentences they send into it and then act all surprised with fake outrage when the people who run the jails have to let many of those people out early.

When a jail is too overcrowded, it becomes unsafe for prisoners and guards alike.

That's why we have early release in LA and that applies to everyone, not just the people you hear about getting released early because they happen to be famous.

Sorry JJ, I would hafta disagree. Cutting her some slack (IS) just what the judges have been doing. And what has it gotten her. Come to think of it, what has it gotten us? This is a case for tough love. Make her do the time just like all the other junkies and dopers. And then get some serious help. Not just some rehab spa for celebs.

Sorry JJ, I think you're wrong. I say it is time to throw the book at her and make an example out of her, instead of always treating her like a first time offender.

Throw the book at her!!! Make an example out of her

Lindsey Lohan can get drunk and use drugs everyday as far as I'm concerned--but when her actions start hurting average people who don't have her resources to defend themselves, then we should become concerned. When she attacks a Betty Ford employee, and that person loses her entire livelihood without any recourse, or when she and her lawyer start "trashing" a sheriff's department just to salvage what little's left of her tarnished reputation, we should NOT tolerate her destruction of those below her income level, but way above her level of common decency. I have much more respect for the brave sheriffs of Riverside, and the hardworking employees of Betty Ford than I do for a besotted brat who has shown nothing but contempt for the average person.

As a retired officer, I hate to second guess the cops. But Riverside Sheriff's Dept. is wrong. It's not their place, or the place of any other police or sheriff's department to determine whether or not probation has been violated. That's the job of the D.A., Probation Department, and judge. The job of the police is to investigate and forward the results of that investigation to the appropriate reviewing authority.

It's not too big of a screw-up, but it could've been easily avoided by keeping all the mouths shut and just doing the job.


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