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

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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Comments () | Archives (11)

1. 'She thought it was loaned to her'...always have something in writing Lindsay.
2. Why did the sales lady let her walk away with the necklace? She should have kept track of the item as well. I'm suprised it didn't cost her job.

Just like every other criminal...but, she's on video...hahahahahahahah

Deny! Deny ! Deny!

The case against Lohan makes no sense at all. The store employees are certainly trained to guard against anyone leaving without paying for their merchandise. They would have stopped her if she did.

rdorff

I don't believe she is theif.that was a mistake and this case should be dismissed.

whatever! if i "accidently" walked out of any store with $2,500 worth of jewelry or any merchandise i would be in the slammer in a heartbeat.

I hope they throw the book at her. That's the only way she will ever learn a lesson and stop stealing furs, Rolexes. and necklaces

I agree with Gorams on this, some average joe or jill had done this crime would been in under the jail. As I always say here, California Justice (LA) has a double standard when punishing criminals. D.A.'s here in California has been dragging their feet with Lohan since 2007 with her her DUI arrest. She thinks she's above the law, teflon actress. Whats got me on this is one judge overrule another judge's ruling last year. That got me plus where are tapes from BFC when Lohan alledgely attacked employee...mmmmm. I am glad I don't live in LALA..Land.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, she's never waivered in her innocence. Seems to me she "never waivers" alot about her innocence, even when shes guilty!

Just admit your guilt and get it over with.

I believe it was loaned to her. She is constantly photographed so it is good exposure for the store. If Ms. Lohan took the neckless without permission the first thing a store would do is contact her, not the police. But going to the police first gets you a whole lot more publicity, free publicity. And the Assistant DA seems to be using Ms. Lohan in her campaign to be the DA.

Why are prosecutors never charged for crimes of BLACKMAIL for offering plea bargain deals, because that's exactly what it is.
You and I would be jailed for similar stunts. It's no different then when the Mob would shake down people with their choice of; either pay us this or you get your legs broken.
Plea bargains are more or less nothing than a mob squeeze play to rack up a prosecutors political future score and make their jobs easier.


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