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Lindsay Lohan judge could order more therapy, 12-step sponsor for actress

February 23, 2011 |  9:54 am

Actress Lindsay Lohan, escorted by Los Angeles County Sherriff deputies, arrives for a preliminary hearing at Airport Courthouse Wednesday in Los Angeles. L.A. County Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz told Lindsay Lohan on Wednesday that she should get therapy and a 12-step sponsor.

He said the sponsor would help her stay away from drugs and alcohol and cope with "outside stressors." He said the person should be someone who "is reliable, trustworthy and responsible" and unrelated to her.

"I don't want you to be a repeat offender in the system," Schwartz told Lohan during a court hearing on the alleged theft of a necklace from a Venice jeweler. "I want you to be a productive citizen and reach the potential that you have."

Schwartz repeatedly told the "Mean Girls" actress that she was no different from any other defendant.

"I treat everybody the same," he said. "I don't care if you're Lindsay Lohan or John Doe or Jane Doe."

Lohan is scheduled to return to court March 10.

If she does not plead guilty or no contest to the felony charge, the case would be sent to the presiding judge of the Airport Courthouse, Stephanie Sautner, who would consider Lohan's probation violation on a previous drunk-driving charge, as well as hold the preliminary hearing in the jewelry theft case.

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-- Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Actress Lindsay Lohan, escorted by Los Angeles County Sherriff deputies, arrives for a preliminary hearing at Airport Courthouse Wednesday in Los Angeles. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

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