Lindsay Lohan could return to jail after court hearing
Lohan's attorney, Shawn Holley, is expected to make a last-ditch effort to convince L.A. County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner that the "Mean Girls" actress is now serious about her 480 hours of community service for shoplifting a necklace and violating probation for a drunk driving conviction.
Holley is expected to note that since Lohan's hearing was set earlier this month, the actress has worked four of her 15 days required at the county morgue.
The judge has not communicated what she plans to do and could give Lohan as much as 18 months behind bars. But the judge is aware that nonviolent female inmates currently serve just 20% of their sentences.
At the last hearing, the judge ordered the actress taken away in handcuffs until she posted $100,000 bail.
Sautner said Lohan deliberately "blew off" the 360 hours of community service that she had been ordered to complete at the Downtown Women's Center, missing nine appointments and putting in just 21 hours.
Sautner made it clear she had lost patience with Lohan, alternately mocking the actress and questioning her commitment to the community service she had been ordered to complete.
“Ms. Lohan’s actions deliberately made it impossible for her to perform her sentence at the Downtown Women’s Center,” Saunter said, noting Lohan’s European travels.
The judge said Lohan eventually told a probation officer that the work at the women’s shelter was “not fulfilling."
"Is that what a sentence is about?” Saunter asked. “It’s to fulfill the defendant?”
The judge answered her own question: “No.”
“We all can’t be fulfilled by what we do,” Sautner added.
The only way Lohan will avoid jail is if Sautner evokes her creative streak and sentences the actress to one of the many small city jails where inmates pay to serve time; actors Kiefer Sutherland and Christian Slater have both used that option.
Sautner also could massively boost Lohan's community service to the point it becomes a daily job.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lindsay Lohan in court Oct. 19 with attorney Shawn Holley. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.