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Lindsay Lohan has 'never wavered' on her innocence in necklace case, her attorney says

March 24, 2011 |  7:22 am

Ll Lindsay Lohan's attorney has released a statement saying her client has a "strong defense" against charges she stole a necklace from a Venice jewelry store, and that the actress does not want a plea deal.

"Ms. Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed and she has never wavered," Shawn Chapman Holley said Wednesday. "Though many advised her to follow the safe route by taking 'the deal,' the truth is, Ms. Lohan is innocent; she has a strong defense; and we are confident that a jury will listen to the evidence fairly and acquit her."

Holley informed prosecutors Wednesday that Lohan would not accept a plea bargain, said Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. Danette Meyers.

Sources have told the Los Angeles Times that Lohan mulled an offer from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz that would have resulted in no more than 90 days in jail if she pleaded guilty to grand theft of a $2,500 necklace from a Venice jeweler on Jan. 22. If she had wanted to accept the deal, she would have had to inform the court by Wednesday.

Schwartz told the "Mean Girls" actress she could show up on that date and accept the plea deal or she could set a date for a preliminary hearing before Judge Stephanie Sautner. That hearing would determine whether there was sufficient evidence to try the case.

Schwartz warned Lohan that Sautner would hear the jewelry-theft case while also considering whether Lohan had violated terms of her probation on a 2007 misdemeanor drunk-driving conviction.

Sautner could jail Lohan on the probation violation even before a trial in the necklace-theft case.

Schwartz had made it clear to Lohan that if she made the deal in his courtroom, it would involve time behind bars. He also said she would need to enter court-supervised therapy and have a 12-step program sponsor independent of her family and friends.

The actress has refused to consider any time in jail and has insisted she never took anything intentionally.

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Photo: Lindsay Lohan. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Associated Press

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