Lindsay Lohan can party again as house arrest, judge’s orders end
Lohan spent 35 days under house arrest in her Venice beachfront home for stealing a necklace from a local jewelry store and violating terms of her probation.
Law enforcement sources said the technicians were slated to arrive about 9:30 a.m. to remove the device that monitors whether Lohan is at home. Lohan served home detention instead of a 120-day county jail sentence because she is a low-risk offender and the jails are overcrowded.
Her house arrest wasn't without controversy. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner -- annoyed with paparazzi photos that appeared to show Lohan partying on the rooftop patio of her beachfront home -- told the actress last week that she could no longer entertain more than one guest at a time while under house arrest.
Lohan had been in court after a probation report said she had failed a June 13 alcohol test. But Sautner ruled that a failed alcohol test did not violate Lohan's probation and that the testing requirement had ended months earlier.
Legal experts said that although the actress, due to film a movie about gangster John Gotti, may have dodged jail again, a second positive test for alcohol since her treatment at the Betty Ford Center last year will make it harder for producers of future films to insure her.
The judge said partying was so evident that Lohan's neighbors had complained to Los Angeles County supervisors. "If you are in jail, you are not allowed to have parties. House arrest should be akin to jail," Sautner said.
"I have no ground for modifying your probation. Don't give me grounds. Do you want to get on with your life?" she asked the actress.
"Yes, I do," replied Lohan.
The judge snapped back: "Don't do stupid things that give people a reason to hate you. ... Don't do stupid things that fly in the face of the spirit of the court's order. You knew I sentenced you to jail. You knew I was unhappy with house arrest."
Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, said Lohan did not do anything wrong because the alcohol test was not a condition of probation.
Just four days after the detention began, probation officials noted that Lohan's monitoring equipment was damaged by friends spilling a drink on it.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Actress Lindsay Lohan dashes past photographers after appearing in court for a hearing on Thursday. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times