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Lindsay Lohan pleads not guilty to felony grand theft [Updated]


Lindsay Lohan returned to a familiar stage Wednesday, and as the cameras rolled inside the courtroom, she delivered familiar lines -- "not guilty" -- to a felony grand-theft charge that she stole a "one-of-a-kind" necklace from a Venice jewelry store.

Lohan entered her plea at the Airport Courthouse in Los Angeles before Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz.

[Updated at 2 p.m.: Schwartz set her bail at $40,000.

"You're in a different situation now that a felony has been filed against you," Schwartz told Lohan. "If you violate the law, I will remand you and set no bail and your attorney won't be successful this time. ... You need to follow the laws just like everybody else. ... You're no different than anyone else, so please don't push your luck."

Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers asked that Lohan and her "agents" stay away from the store, which reported being "somewhat alarmed" after receiving flowers after the incident. The judge agreed and told the actress to stay away.

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

"A good probationer doesn't pick up a new case," Meyers said.

Lohan will return to court on Feb. 23.]

[Corrected, 2:10 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said Lohan's bail was set at $20,000. Bail was set at $20,000 on the theft charge and $20,000 on the probation violation, for a total of $40,000.]


It's the latest brush with the law for Lohan, who is already on probation for a 2007 misdemeanor drunk-driving conviction. She also faces a criminal investigation in Riverside County involving allegations that she shoved a worker at the Betty Ford Center. She has not immediately commented on the latest charge, but her attorney has released a statement saying the actress would fight any criminal charges.

Prosecutors allege that Lohan stole a "one-of-a-kind" necklace, worth $2,500, that went missing last month from a Venice jewelry store not far from where she lives.

The piece, described as a gold necklace with semiprecious stones, disappeared Jan. 22 from the store in the 1300 block of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and police began investigating a few days later. According to law-enforcement sources, Lohan was seen in a store security video wearing the necklace before it was reported missing.

Lohan could be ordered to return to a Beverly Hills court to determine whether the grand-theft charge constitutes a probation violation that would send her back behind bars.


PHOTOS: Lindsay Lohan charged with grand theft

PHOTOS: The legal trials of Lindsay Lohan

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Lindsay Lohan arrives at Airport Courthouse, where she was arraigned on one count of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice jewelry store. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times

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i luv Lindsay!!! :)

This girl cannot stay on the straight and narrow. Reminds me of people who always say they aren't trouble, but that trouble follows them. Sorry, common sense dictates that lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice. Get it together Lindsay.

Beautiful dress, Lindsay! And, you wear it so well especially with those pumps and those glasses--so Hollywood! Go Girl!

BOOK HER DANO & throw away the keys
Jesus when will this girl ever learn?
She's a media whore & obviously delusional.
The system needs to treat her no different then anyone else
until then, she will not learn.
I say PRISON and maybe Lilo will learn the facts of life
the hard way.
So sick and tired of hearing about her. Please go away
for a long long time Lindsay!

Who cares? I'm so over this trashy jerk being brought up every three seconds. There is plenty of real news to report.

If she keeps it up, California will be out of debt in no time with all the fines she is paying.

Why is nobody else taking notice to this small miniscule detail of facts?
I've been reading many posts throughout the day...and many think this $2,500 "small" necklace can't be worth that much money...

Wake up people!!! H E L L O????
Look at the pic posted showing the closeup of the necklace in question...

Why isn't anyone paying attention to the fact of her walking outside the jewelry store wearing the necklace backwards (you'll see the clasp) up close to her neck????

To me that is a sign of someone trying to get away with something!

Again, isn't it interesting how she is not wearing it proud showing all the gems on it...a $2,500 necklace? This is supposed to be a "one of a kind" necklace...right?

LiLo's arguement with her 2 witnesses/friends is that the jewerly store took a pic of her with it proving it was a "loan" situation.

Sooooooo...Why then LiLo, why dear, didn't you wear this necklace you wanted so bad...PROUDLY, Showing the glitz, with all the semi precious gemstones showing, IF it was on the up and up?

What's that you say? Betcha the cat has your tongue;)

California will be out of debt in no time with all the fines that she is paying.

Video proves she stole it so we know not only is she a drug addict but a dishonest person too since she pleaded not guilty for something she is 100% guilty of as video doesn't lie.

Any run in with the law constitutes violation of her probation. She broke yet another law. She is never going to learn nor take seriously any part of this as long as she is erpeatedly allowed to receive shortened sentences. Make her do her time in it's entirety and then maybe she'll believe the judicial system is serious. If she was anyone without money, she'd have been locked up already.

Apparently, Lohan just doesn't learn. She's gotten way too many chances and undeserved breaks. A good long dose of hard time might set her straight.

She should hook up with Charlie Sheen.
They'd be great together.

i think she's getting framed on a loan.

An arrest while on probation is a violation of probation. Why wasn't she thrown in jail?

The problem with common sense is that it isn't all that common.

We'll all be back for her next violation. This is great entertainment. I love LA!

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!

PGelzman, her guilt or innocence in this case has yet to be legally determined, so she isn't technically in violation of her existing probation yet. As it stated in the story, her probation status with regard to the Beverly Hills court case will be determined. Half of today's $40,000 bail is in reference to the 'possible' violation of that probation. That said, she sure is racking up the totals against her. It does appear that she does not 'get it'.

let's get rid of this judge, he is the real perpetrator.

Lindsay is as irrelevant as Sarah Palin....if that's even possible.

Who cares?? Just lock her up, maybe a year or two in jail with no special privelages will get her sober and put her on the straight and narrow!! Just goes to show you white trash can be ritch or poor!!!

She should have done a Sharon Stone leg cross for the judge. Maybe he would've been more lenient.

There are much more important things to cover than the downfall of a has-been Hollywood actress. It seems that the Times is run by a bunch of 13 year-olds.

Why is this on my computer?

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