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Lindsay Lohan arrives at court for necklace theft hearing

March 10, 2011 |  9:07 am

A crush of dozens of reporters and photographers waited Thursday outside the Airport Courthouse for the arrival of actress Lindsay Lohan for her hearing to determine whether to make a deal in her necklace theft case or continue with a preliminary hearing.

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 arrived just after 9 a.m., wearing a beige dress with dark tights, as television stations aired the scene live. Escorted by half a dozen sheriff's deputies, she walked a path to the courthouse kept clear by orange traffic cones and bright yellow police tape.

Lohan is facing a felony grand theft charge for allegedly stealing a necklace from a Venice jewelry store. Lohan has been seaking a deal that would keep her out of jail, but at her last court appearance Judge Keith Schwartz made it clear that would not be an option –- at least in his courtroom.

"If you plead in front of me –- if this case resolves in front of me -– you are going to jail. Period," he said.

If convicted of grand theft, she could face significant jail time. If she decides not to accept the plea deal on Thursday, 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.


Lindsay Lohan: Time to make a deal in necklace theft case?

-- Shan Li at Airport Court

Photo: Lindsay Lohan arrives at court for her preliminary hearing. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times