August 11, 2010

Lohan judge quits after prosecutor's complaint

Posted: 01:32 PM ET

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) –  The Beverly Hills judge who sentenced Lindsay Lohan to jail and rehab last month has removed herself from the actress' case at the request of the prosecutor, the Los Angeles District Attorney's office said Wednesday.

Judge Marsha Revel has been replaced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elden Fox, according Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney.

Prosecutor Danette Myers objected last week to several communications that Revel had with parties involved in the case without notifying the district attorney's office, Robison said.

While this is not expected to immediately affect Lohan's 90-day rehab order, a source close to the case said the defense was pleased with the change. The source asked not to be identified due to not being authorized to speak about the matter.

Revel's patience grew noticeably thin with Lohan in recent months, leading her to order the actress to wear an alcohol detection bracelet while she was awaiting a probation violation hearing.

The judge ruled last month that Lohan had violated her probation from a 2007 drunk driving conviction. She sentenced Lohan to 90 days in jail followed by 90 days in a substance rehabilitation program chosen by the court.

The actress was taken to jail immediately following the court hearing July 20, but she was released August 2 and taken to a treatment center.

–CNN's Alan Duke and Ann O'Neill contributed to this report

Filed under: Case Updates

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lekedria harris   August 11th, 2010 2:44 pm ET

I think that was the best decision in this case. quite frankly i don't believe the first judge imposed a harsh enough sentence. everyday someone in this world is killed by a drunk driver. she should've went to jail as well as recieved probation. i feel like the judge has let her get away with too much. she didnt

lekedria harris   August 11th, 2010 2:47 pm ET

She(lindsay) didn't even take going to the classes seriously. she violated probation and she deserves to serve all of her (lenient)sentence.

saunhi   August 11th, 2010 3:43 pm ET

Probation progress ignored to help Cali Economy :)

Her lawyer did show she passed ALL tests for non-prescribed drugs during herprobation.

Her father had begged the court to block lax doctors from prescribing her legal mood drugs for years.
Turns out he was right as Tmz gushed when they obtained her probation report showing legal uppers, downers for "as long as she could remember".

These drugs are Known to cause impaired and erratic behavior, and longterm use is a discredited medical practice.

I pray she survives this mess.

DENISE S.   August 11th, 2010 6:33 pm ET

And so the dance begins with the chest pieces that need to be moved to give missy another unearned break. What are the odds in favor of her rehab stay being shortened by the new judge "based on a review of the case"?

cicerock   August 11th, 2010 6:48 pm ET

yes and rehab and probation just went out the window... with the changing of the Judge..what a crock.

Jennifer pruitt   August 11th, 2010 8:53 pm ET

Ms. Lohan should just do the time and stop crying about it. She put herself in this position, and she must take the consequences. That is what happens in real life, wouldn't we all like to think we are above the law, but you Ms.lohan are just like the rest of us. I would suggest you lay off the booze and drugs, don't you and all these other drunk drivers know that you can kill someone, your self. What is up with all these selfish people driving drunk/doped up. No common sense, no morals not a care in the world for anyone else but themselves. She should be on color code too. after the stint in rehab

John   August 11th, 2010 11:36 pm ET

Everyone's up in arms over drunk driving, but w/ celebs the rules are changed? I do know of ONE person who had 7 DUI's and spent zero days behind bars...then he's no longer here either...and yes, he had friends in 'high places'. SO, Lohan gets a 'SOW'..slap on wrist', and was that for her true crimes, or for wearing what she thought of the court on her middle fingernails...then get only 90 days for that....Waaa
It gets better...then to release her early, saying that she's not getting any 'special treatment', yet she had a cell to herself, s/b w/ another celeb, or celeb wanna be...why not release others who have done half their time, or close to 2/3...then the DA steps in...for what??..for not being HARSH enough....nope, too easy on her. MADD must LOVE this courthouse/new judge/DA. What's the next judge gonna do...90 days at her condo, or what??

lotusjani   August 12th, 2010 5:27 am ET

This judge must feel so relieved to get out of this brat's mess. Who wouldn't? seems her attorney was fed up also.
I could not stand this wannabediva behavior if I was her own mother. We can only play dumb, blind and deaf to things our kids do, but not this behaviour of arrogance, nastiness, rudeness, etc.
This woman needs one year or more rehab.

Bonnie   August 12th, 2010 12:20 pm ET

Maybe she should have left, I don't know. All I know is that her ruling against this spoiled brat should be left to stand as is. The only problem I have is that Lohan was allowed out before fulfilling her full 90 day sentence. It's about time someone stepped up and stepped in against these kids who think they can do anything they want and because of who they are, they'll get a slap on the wrist and a soft admonishment against their behavior. Bull. Give them the same type of sentence any John or Jane Doe would get and be done with it. It would send a nice clear message and we'd have a lot less of these spoiled brats doing as they damned well want to, like it or not.

Dee   August 12th, 2010 12:25 pm ET

Of what significant importance is loser Lohan that she deserves so much consideration? So far as I've ever heard (and I try very hard not to hear anything about her but it's hard when you guys keep her in the news) she's NEVER done anything to improve anything except her own wants and what she thinks she needs--more of everything except good sense.

J wallick   August 12th, 2010 2:25 pm ET

It's sad that tax payers in a state that is already having financial problems are having to deal with this. If she had done what she did in Arizona she would have had 90 days in a tent city jail. Hot in the summer at 112 degrees and cold in the winter at 30 degrees. She would have lost her license for 1 year and ordered to go to 9 months of alcohol awareness classes that were 4 hours every week in the evening. If you don't show up for classes, are caught drunk and disorderly, or are caught driving you go back to jail for 120 days. There are no questions. California tighten your loophols in your laws and stop babying these princesses. Oh I'm crying in jail. Ok, stop being a baby.

Helen   August 12th, 2010 3:54 pm ET

I think Prosecutor Myers waited to long to ask the judge to step down. Lohan really played everyone in this case. If a poor person got to court five mins. late they would be in deep trouble with the court but not Lohan. She got to court when she felt like it and judge Revel did not say a word. I hope the new judge will take things seriously. If Lohan hurts someone (which I hope she never does) the court will be totally at fault. Lohan needs help and needs to be held responsible for her actions.
I live in Florida and sadly two weeks ago, a teenager took his father's car and killed a father and his three sons. This teenager was drunk and on pot. Today many people are hurting because of the actions of this young man.
This has to stop, rich or poor.

Delaware   August 12th, 2010 4:45 pm ET

I predict she will be out partying very soon. Sadly, they are going to find this young actress dead on an overdose also..soon.

Jessica Jenkins   August 12th, 2010 6:00 pm ET

Well, let's all go out and commit a crime and see if we can get off as easy as Lindsey Lohan did. When are we going to be fair and make everyone accountable for their actions regardless of who they are ? Seems like the laws are only made for common folks.

Melinda Graves   August 12th, 2010 7:00 pm ET

Lindsay Lohan same like other super stars get away with everything. It is a shame I would say. She is not better then a normal person.
Somebody should take some action agains these people who think they are above the law, shouldn't the law be the same for everyone?

William Phillips   August 13th, 2010 5:23 am ET

I was up set, because she only got 90 days. Then she got none. The judge was right with geting out of the case. she should quit the court not and not be so styar struck. She is not fit to be a Judge,

Barbara   August 13th, 2010 3:21 pm ET

How many other people in that jail only served 15% of their sentence. How many other people in that jail were let out because of lack of space, I guess if they didn't have to house celebrities with their own special rooms they would have more space. How many other people get so many breaks when they've broke the law. We watch because we want to see them get what they deserve, knowing it's a well known fact they never do.
I used to watch Lindsey when she was younger in her movies, but today I wouldn't even bother. I think that when you think you're better than anyone else and should be treated that way, no one should give you the time of day...bring you're way of thinking back down to earth where the real people live. But it will never happen, because we the public put people like her on a pedestal. Knocking her off would be so cruel....It's been like this forever and always will be.

jerry campbell   August 15th, 2010 1:45 pm ET

You got to hand it to LL, she knows how to handle this corrupt legal system. Three cheers to her! The unfortunate part is that it cost her so much in attorney fees.

Patti   August 16th, 2010 10:41 am ET

hmm wonder if this is really going to wake up Lindsey? This judge was right in what she did....

Debra   August 17th, 2010 11:15 am ET

Lindsay doesn't have a mother and that's the problem. Dina is a disgusting excuse for a parent. It's about the money and keeping Lindsay happy, so the gravy train doesn't dry up. What mother goes out on the town drinking with a daughter she knows has a substance abuse problem. She is a supplier and has intruded in Lindsay's life for far too long.
Why would Lindsay get out of rehab early for good behavior. Good behavior doesn't make you less dependent. I've never heard of anything so absolutely stupid. If she's let out, she will be back in jail not long after or dead.

Lois Scott   August 17th, 2010 7:57 pm ET

I don't understand why these people that have all this money and want to run around drinking and such don't just hire someone to drive them around ,it would be alot safer and cheaper.

Bobo   August 19th, 2010 12:04 pm ET

$$$$ talks...say's "whatever judge" come MADD hasn't said a thing? It's all about the $$$$

Paul Patterson   August 19th, 2010 1:28 pm ET

This is just another ploy to gain attention from all parties. Lohan will not be treated the same as other criminals that do the exact same thing. I believe this to be a form of discrimination. If she was a normal young lady in Ohio and had these problems, she would've faced justice from the first DUI let alone all the other criminal activities she decides to venture into.It's all about money and I'm sure there will be more money to consider before it is all over.

Jeb   September 25th, 2010 7:25 pm ET

Who runs the courts now-a-days the lawyers? The brat should be locked up for more than 90 days. Maybe if the media stopped talking about her she wouldn't have an audiance to play up to. Put her in the military and send her to the war zone maybe then she could see how important life really is.

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