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Lindsay Lohan seeks to avoid jail time in necklace theft case; expert doubtful


With Lindsay Lohan set to appear in court Wednesday, her attorney says the actress would be open to a plea deal in the case in which she is accused of stealing a necklace if she can avoid jail time.

But some legal experts were doubtful that Lohan could avoid some type of jail sentence given her legal history.

Dmitry Gorin, a veteran former prosecutor, said Lohan's attorney Shawn Chapman Holley would have a hard time avoiding another trip to jail for her client. He noted Lohan was already on probation for a 2007 conviction for driving under the influence. If she were to receive probation after being charged with a felony, Gorin said, the district attorney could face accusations of giving Lohan special treatment.

Her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, has said she is willing to consider a deal.

"Ms. Lohan maintains her innocence, and now that I've seen the police reports, I believe the case is entirely defensible," Holley said in an interview with CNN last week. "Having said that, we will entertain a discussion concerning a plea if it means no jail so that she can move forward with her recovery and her career."

The actress entered a not guilty plea in the case before Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith L. Schwartz, but the judge immediately revoked her probation related to a 2007 drunk-driving conviction.

She posted a $40,000 bond and was released.


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I totally think she should get jail time!!!! we are all human and I myself , have had some law trouble in my early 20s, some resulting in very hard job search with the law and if you are a felon or not do probation and so forth or whatever for local or regular people and it sticks to your life and work search, some for years or life....yet...Celebs....can buy their way out of things or yet get an earlier plea bargin and....most sickening....get work and money without any problems!!!!!! It really makes me sick !!! and not fair...we are all people. and punishment should be fair, not paid out by how may movies you did!!!

IS LINDSAY LOHAN BUYING HER WAY OUT OF JAIL; AGAIN? Source says Lohan has paid off rehab worker, jewelry store, and others in six figures. Will Lohan get out of being punished again at Wednesday’s hearing? Should she be sent to jail on Wednesday for parole violations?

The rehab worker assaulted by Lohan has entered into a sealed settlement agreement that will pay her between 60 and 100 thousand dollars a year for several years if she does not press charges or testify against Lohan. Although this is legal, how many of you could afford to buy yourself out of a prosecution like this? Also, its not just flowers the jewelry store and one of its employee’s is getting from Lohan. Wonder why the L.A. prosecutor is not giving polygraphs to the owners of the jewelry store and its employees? And lastly, someone should be doing a little investigation into just how friendly Lohan’s attorney and the Lead Prosecutor really are? Some of the rumors might have one questioning how some street kid would have been dealt with that didn’t have Lohan’s attorney representing them. Does anyone think Lohan has not been treated a lot differently than any other normal person off the street that didn’t have Shawn as their attorney? MY GOD, PARIS HILTON SPENT MORE TIME IN JAIL FOR DOING LESS THAN LOHAN… WHAT’S UP WITH THAT??? DOES ANYONE ELSE THINK THE ENTIRE LOHAN CASE STINKS TO HIGH HELL???

Oh, and let's not forget to question why the case was moved by the prosecutor out of the hands of a judge that said if Lohan violated probation she was going to jail for 6 months to a judge that probably won't give her the six months the previous judge stated Lohan would get. Hmmm, who made the decision as to what court this case was moving forward in... THAT WOULD BE THE PROSECUTOR THAT IS BUDDIES WITH LOHAN'S ATTORNEY CHAPMAN. WHAT A SCAM THIS WHOLE THING IS.... PAY OFFS AND BUY OFFS!!!

Jail time might save her life!

It's a shame that she had to post the $40,000 bond as she really wasn't a threat to anyone anyway, and I hear that her and Charlie Sheen might "share their miseries" as it were.

What does stealing a necklace have to do with her drunk driving conviction back in 2007? Seriously, she didn't have another DUI, but I guess she technically got in trouble...

People really need to back off Lindsey, they've been way too harsh and there are circumstances that people do NOT know about publically.

Celebrities do have a private life.

@bretsangel "What does stealing a necklace have to do with her drunk driving conviction back in 2007?" well that means that she doesn't respect the law otherwise she wouldn't keep breaking them by committing and or somehow involved in various different 'crimes'.....

Poor Lindsay. And poor bretsangel, too. Clearly, the world is being cruel and unfair to both of them.


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