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Judge to Lindsay Lohan: 'Don’t push your luck'


Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz on Wednesday issued a polite but stern warning to Lindsay Lohan that if she messes up again, she's headed straight back to jail.

Schwartz said that unlike her misdemeanor drunk driving conviction, she is now facing a felony grand-theft charge -- which could send her back into custody on a probation violation.

He said he made more unfiltered comments to her attorney in chambers, but with the glare of the cameras, he said he was going to be as polite as possible.

"If you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail and your attorney won't be successful this time," Schwartz said. "You're no different than anyone else, so please don't push your luck."

Lohan's attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said that Lohan has been complying with the terms of her probation and has met regularly with her probation officer.

She returns to court on Feb. 23, when, Schwartz said, if possible, they will try to settle the case.

The hearing lasted only a few minutes, but the media throng had been gathered for hours to await Lohan, who arrived uncharacteristically early to the hearing. She wore a tight, white knit dress and four-inch heels.

Prosecutors allege that Lohan stole a $2,500 necklace from a jewelry store in Venice.


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Why does this talentless BIMBO contunue to get slapped on the wrist? Seems she can do no wrong. She needs to do some real time without any good behavior time. Her attorney needs to do jail time too. Hollywood is full of talentless people who think they are above the law! Time to make examples of them or it will never end.

Don't push what LUCK? Most of us would be in prison until our ears fell off! She's had nothing but luck!

Maybe, if they actually treated her like what she is, a common every-day criminal, she'd learn and get the help she needs.

White and privileged ....must be nice to have that going for you in the American judicial system. Women of other races (esp of African descent) please do not try this at home.

Glad I know how long her heels were! Thanks LA Times for your dilligent, quality journalism about the pressing matters of the day.

Joe is right. All this PC junk is sending this country swirling down the bowl. Time to take the gloves off with this bimbo, illegals, criminals...

The judge says "Don’t push your luck". Please! Lindsay has been given so many chances by judges. Anything a judge says to her is just hot air. Either throw her in jail or stop with the lip-service of empty threats.

Her $40,000 bail is split between this new case and her Beverly Hills probation. She won't be jailed on the 'possible' probation violation until the court determines for certain that this case is indeed a violation. Since she pleaded 'not guilty', it isn't yet judged to be a strike against her probation. They won't simply be tossing her into the pokey. Frustrating? Sure, but if you were the defendant, you'd want the same consideration too, right? Right.

I say make examples of stupid posters.

I hope that the LA DA has more guts than the NYC DA when she stole some girl’s mink coat at a club in New York. Even if the girl who had her coat stolen cut some deal with Lohan she still should have been charged with something. Is it a mystery why she cannot get an acting job in Hollywood or anywhere? What a mess.

Today in court Lindsey Lohan's attorney Shawn Chapman Holley said Lindsey has been complying with the terms of her probation and met regularly with her probation officer. LA Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers replied, "A good probationer doesn't pick up a new case." Priceless

I think that Lindsay, Charley and all of the high profile dopeheads should be sentenced to a year of unclogging sewers in Cacutta. So many kids immitate confused people who get screen time. What if a small slice of eternity is living the lives of every human who ever has or ever will live on Planet Earth? What if our life span is predicated on the amount of stuff that we consume. If we knew that I suppose we would waste a whole lot less and we might trim down a bit.

..."her attorney needs to do jail time too."...

For what? Doing her job as an attorney? You're a moron Joe.

Why is this inane crap on the front "page" of the LATimes website? The NYT puts you guys to shame like its not even funny. Absolute joke.

"Oh and in case you want more, we have 3 other stories about Lohan stealing a necklace for you." Thanks for keeping us informed guys, great job.

She looks ravishingly beautiful. Lindsay, I hope everything works out for you. Call me if you need my help because I'd be happy to give it to you. Ignore all these stupid, ugly haters. You are the star and they are the worms.

Nice dress for the remorseful defendant.

I just wonder why this is news, other than it taking up tax dollars? There are other things going on in the city that are more important that the problems of a troubled young woman.

Why indeed? Maybe because there is precious little room to lock up any non-violent offenders because people would rather stew listening to the anti-union, scab rants of a couple of shock jocks when it comes to taxes then actually looking up the truth themselves.

She's a messed up yougn woman. The truth is (with a decent lawyer) most people would not do time for the things she has done. We just have to hear about her everyday, thus getting the impression she's always in trouble. I mean, she's in trouble a lot, but just take a look at the rap sheets of the in & out cons and she looks like an angel. Get better, Lohan... your second chances are going to run out soon.

This poor girl. She needs mental counseling, not more jail time. But leaving her to her vices on the street is going to end badly. She's just not ready for the real world. Maybe a few years in the peace core in another country would help her to develop in a constructive atmosphere where she learns self worth through giving...and keeps her from looking up at the old judge who reminds her of every authority figure she has come to despise.

Isn't an arrest a violation of probation? Why isn't she in jail?

"... please don't push your luck." REALLY?!? I guarantee that if I find myself before any judge with a rap sheet resembling Lohan's, "don't push your luck" and "please" will be no part of his or her vocabulary. This is justice in 21st century America.

I'm absolutely tired of hearing how she gets special benefits, while an average Joe would not. A lameo bail for someone stealing a necklace and being on probation? Anyone else would have a high bail or at least be in jail. Special treatment, enables people - celebs to pull this garbage all the time.

Until judges stand up to these folks and actually enforce the laws they are sworn to protect, this trash will continue. It is absolutely a travesty of justice.

She's young, reckless and free, a blond actress on a spree, she could do no wrong cause she's beautiful and every one want's to be just like her, she makes money for the tabloids and her lawyers wanted more, she makes everyone around her feel important and famous like leeches and remoras and all, so hitch a ride on this one star because it will be short and sweet, cause someday when her shine fades no one will give S#$t.

Even though Lohan spent time in the Lynwood jail for a past offense, she's learned nothing. And she was too close to home during her lockup. The judge need to teach her a lesson and put on a work crew for several months up in the rural areas of Northern California, say Siskiyou, Shasta, Lassen or Modoc counties, far away from the paparazzi and the "yes" people who surround her and enable her.

the judge is an ee dee ot.

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