Lindsay Lohan might have good day in court
Lindsay Lohan is due in an L.A. courtroom Wednesday for a probation check-up after missing a flight back from Hawaii.
Lohan is slated to appear before Judge Stephanie Sautner, who has expressed impatience with Lohan in the past. Wednesday's hearing is considered a key review of whether the actress is following Sautner's directions.
Sources familiar with Lohan's community service say she has been spending more than 12 days a month at the Los Angeles County morgue.
At this rate, she could finish her community service by March in connection with a probation violation on a necklace theft conviction earlier this year and a 2007 driving-under-the-influence conviction.
Last month, Sautner sentenced Lohan to 30 days in jail and ordered her to complete her community service at the morgue, where she is working as a janitor. The jail time amounted to a matter of hours.
Lohan admitted in court violating probation by missing required workdays and appointments. She missed 12 of 20 scheduled workdays at the Downtown Women's Center imposed in May when she pleaded guilty to the theft of the necklace from a Venice jewelry store.
Lohan, 25, also canceled 14 of 19 scheduled appointments for court-ordered psychotherapy, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the case but not authorized to discuss the case under judge's orders.
Lohan's missed flight also meant she missed a planned taping of the "Ellen" show.
Under the judge's order, Lohan also must attend 18 psychotherapy sessions. Sautner warned the actress that if she failed to meet the terms of her probation, she would be returned to jail for an additional 270 days.
"This is what we really call putting the keys to the jail in the defendant's hands," Sautner told Lohan during her last court appearance.
Lohan is required to report to the court each month and was seen last week visiting probation staff.
She appears on the cover of next month's Playboy. Images of the cover have already been leaked. The photos were shot between sessions at the county morgue and her court appearance last month.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Lindsay Lohan arrives at the Airport Courthouse. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times