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Lindsay Lohan ordered back to court next month

March 10, 2011 |  9:36 am

Lindsay Lohan leaves court after her preliminary hearing Thursday morning.

Lindsay Lohan must return to court April 22 for a preliminary hearing on a felony grand theft charge for allegedly stealing a necklace from a Venice jewelry store and to decide whether she was in violation of her probation in a previous drunk driving case.

Judge Keith Schwartz said Judge Stephanie Sautner will preside over the April hearing.

Lohan arrived shortly after 9 a.m. wearing a beige dress, black tights and a long ponytail.

Schwartz admonished Lohan to present any additonal information under seal to keep the information away from the prying eyes of tabloid reporters.

"Thankfully this case doesn't involve military secrets," he said. "I can't belive TMZ and Radar Online. These guys ought to be in the foreign services. They ought to hook up with the CIA and work for them.

"I don't even tell my wife what's going on so I can't understand how they find out. It's not fair to either side to have these things leaked out in dribs or drabs. It doesn't benefit anybody, so please try to keep every offer I made confidential, and that's that."

Earlier, video cameras were lined up thickly from the street by the courthouse to the entrance. A bevy of photographers jostled each other for a better vantage point. News vans clogged the parking lots.

Lohan is facing a felony grand theft charge for allegedly stealing a necklace from a Venice jewelry store.

Lohan has been seeking a deal that would keep her out of jail, but at her last court appearance Schwartz made it clear that would not be an option -- at least in his courtroom.

If convicted of grand theft, she could face significant jail time. If she decides not to accept the plea deal, her case will be set for a preliminary hearing in front of another judge to determine whether there is enough evidence for her to stand trial.

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-- Shan Li

Photo: Lindsay Lohan leaves court after her preliminary hearing Thursday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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