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Lindsay Lohan may strike plea deal in two weeks

LoLindsay Lohan in court Thursday. Actress Lindsay Lohan could return to court in two weeks to cut a deal on a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.

During a Thursday hearing, Judge Keith Schwartz told the "Mean Girls" star, who has had several brushes with the law in recent years, that she would return to his courtroom March 25 only if she struck a plea bargain with the prosecution.

Otherwise, fellow Judge Stephanie Sautner will preside over an April 22 preliminary hearing to determine if enough evidence exists for the actress to stand trial.

Sautner also will decide whether the alleged theft was a violation of Lohan's parole for a 2007 drunk driving incident -- something that could send her back to jail before she is even tried in the theft case. 

Schwartz, who met privately Wednesday with the prosecution and Lohan attorney Shawn Holley, bemoaned the numerous leaks to the media during the plea process and begged everyone involved to keep mum about possible deals.

"Thankfully, this case doesn't involve military secrets where people's lives are at stake," he said, stirring a chuckle from the heavy crowd of reporters in the courtroom.

Websites such as TMZ and RadarOnline "ought to be in the foreign service," Schwartz added. "They ought to maybe hook up with the CIA and start working with them. I don't understand how they get this information."

Lohan, who arrived in court in a relatively demure camel-colored dress with black tights, is accused of stealing a $2,500 necklace studded with semiprecious stones from a Venice jewelry store. Portions of a security camera video purporting to show the actress taking the necklace was sold earlier this month to "Entertainment Tonight."

At a hearing last month Schwartz warned the actress that she would be heading to jail if she took a deal and pleaded guilty or no-contest to the shoplifting charges.

"If you plead in front of me -- if this case is resolved in front of me -- you are going to go to jail. Period," Schwartz told Lohan, who has been jailed three times in other incidents. "It may be an issue as to the amount of time.... I don't want you under any apprehension. You will be going to jail."

Prosecutors in Riverside County also are reviewing allegations that Lohan battered a Betty Ford Center technician last December. Lohan has denied the allegation.

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Photo: Lindsay Lohan in court Thursday. Credit: David McNew / Getty Images

 
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Lindsay Lohan should open her own boutique. She could sell anything that strikes her fancy, and she could shoplift from her own store. Then, as owner of the store, she could decline to press charges against herself. The publicity from that would make the store a prime destination for people who care about Lindsay Lohan's private life, and apparently, there are lots of them.

Does she look just a little more respectful & concerned, or is it me?

Then again, after writing F You on a fingernail, anything is an improvement.

Based on what little I read on abotu what is on that video it seems to me she is innocent (of theft anyway) and that the store is trying to drum up advertising. I mean really, they are going to auction off this $2500 necklace after the trial? And the clerk walked her to the door while she was wearing it and held the door open for her!

lohan is a sick girl who needs help do not condem lets help

Her face looks like that of a woman in her 40s. If she makes it to the age of 40, she'll look as if she's 60.

They need to lock her up!

Won't be long b4 this young lady will be visiting silicon city.

She's doing way better then Charlie


Unless she gets an idiotic starstruck jury, this is not going to end well for her. But leave it to LA she will probably walk, the LA DA has a horrible track record with celebrity trials.

STOP threatening this woman and just throw her butt in jail already. The real issue is our judicial system keeps waving its finger with empty threats. Anyone with common sense can see she is being given special treatment because she is a celebrity. The woman is on a destructive path that will likely land her up in a morgue.

um, she is getting a bit more humble??? Anyone else notice? Good for her...I hope she realizes soon that it isn't worth putting your life in the hands of the common folk...they will always win because there are just so many of them! LOL Keep your fabulousness to yourself, Lindsay ;o)

After this last weeks info it seems there is more than enough evidence for reasonable doubt ! This store is selling a womans life down the drain to make a few bucks and it seems the only person not willing to listen to any evidence whatsoever is the judge who has been screaming for her to do jail time ever since this started ?

She needs to be humbled by doing some REAL time.

One justice system for the rich, another for the rest of us. Does anyone still wonder why there's no respect for our laws?

One media system for the rich; another for the rest of us. When do you think the L. A. Times and other media will give the Betty Ford technician an opportunity to present her side of the story? When Winona Ryder was arrested for shoplifting, this paper and other media villainized the security guards for arresting her!

One system of justice for the rich; another for the rest of us. Lohan testified against the "bling ring" that broke into her apartment--they were given no opportunity for any "deal." Lohan demanded swift justice for those who stole from her, and now arrogantly demands that the same justice system simply let her go for stealing from a store. Does anyone still wonder why there's little respect for our laws?

I wonder if her name was Jo-Jo or Esperanza would there be any questions about sending her back for a parole violation?

"...Schwartz, who met privately Wednesday with the prosecution and Lohan attorney Shawn Holley, bemoaned the numerous leaks to the media during the plea process and begged everyone involved to keep mum about possible deals..."

Yes, it's embarrassing when the "fix" is in and it gets made public before the lawyers can preen and spin it for their PR flacks at the LA TIMES.

SHE SHOULD DEFINITELY BE REPRIMANDED FOR HER CRIME, IF IT WOULD'VE BEEN SOMEONE ELSE WITHOUT A CELEBRITY STATUS THEY WOULD HAVE JUST THROWN THEM IN JAIL WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT IT TWICE. WHY SHOULD SHE GET ANY SPECIAL TREATMENT?; SHES HUMAN JUST LIKE THE REST OF US. IF SHE WALKS OUT OF THIS WITH NO JAIL TIME, OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS REALLY SCREWED UP. EVERYONE SHOULD BE TREATED EQUALLY REGARDLESS OF HOW RICH THEY ARE. IF SHE DIDN'T WANT TO DO THE TIME SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE DONE THE CRIME. SO I SAY PUT HER IN JAIL.


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