Lohan Appears Court in Car Crash Case

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DEL AIRE, Calif. (KTLA) — Actress Lindsay Lohan appeared in court on Wednesday morning for a pretrial hearing in her car crash case, amid some drama about her health and her representation.

The 26-year-old walked quickly past a throng of cameras with her mother Dina and her new attorney, Mark Heller, by her side.

Lohan is facing a probation violation as well as several misdemeanors for allegedly lying to police about a crash in Santa Monica last summer.

She had been on probation from a 2011 shoplifting case, but it was revoked last month after the new charges came down.

lohan-3The starlet caught the last flight out of JFK Airport in New York on Tuesday and arrived in Los Angeles around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Heller had notified the judge that his client would not be able to attend because she was too ill to fly.

“I know there was some drama concerning her attendance today,” Heller told Judge Stephanie Sautner on Wednesday.

“I’m glad to see you’re feeling better,” Sautner quipped.

Heller told the judge that a doctor had indicated that Lohan had “an upper-respiratory condition” and should not travel, both out of concern for her health and the health of others.

He initially suggested Lohan had the flu — calling it an “epidemic” in New York — but then conceded that it was a cold.

Judge Sautner told Heller that Lohan could choose to have him represent her in absentia for pretrial matters, but she must be in court for the trial.

Sautner said that she ordered Lohan to appear on Wednesday because of the issues with her representation.

Lohan fired her former longtime attorney, Shawn Holley, earlier this month. On Wednesday, she indicated that she was comfortable with the substitution of counsel.

However, because Heller, who is based in New York, is not licensed to practice law in California, he had to get a licensed California attorney to sponsor him on the case.

That attorney, Lindsay Berger Sacks, was also in court. She became an active member of the State Bar just last week after being inactive for 17 years, a fact that was noted by Sautner.

Sautner gave Heller permission to represent Lohan, prompting Heller to remark that they had a New York connection, since Sautner was an NYC detective.

“Flattery doesn’t get you anywhere in this court,” Sautner fired back.

After some back-and-forth on scheduling, Sautner set the next hearing date for March 1, with the trial to begin on March 18.

Heller indicated that he may need to file some motions after he reviews the discovery handed over by Holley.

But Sautner, remarking that the case is not that complicated, told him he’d need to show cause to delay the proceedings any longer.

The judge also noted that Lohan’s probation remains revoked. She said the probation violation matter will be heard alongside the car crash case.

Sautner also reminded Lohan that she could be acquitted in the car crash case but still found guilty of a probation violation since the standard of proof is lower.

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  • Frank

    The sissy judge will accept that "it" has a cold….will postpone, then do absolutely nothing to her but slap her hands. Mark my words…this is the way it is going to go down….just like ALL previous judical sessions with this moron.

  • Sharky

    oh blooney. How many excuses can you make to avold court time? thats gonna be wasting alot time the Judge makes room for her. I think she is being such a cry baby and want to be treated like a spoiled brat. If I have pending court dates in CA I wouldnt be this dumb to move to New York. Remember. no matter what. if you have a case still pending in one state but you take off to another state and make trouble. you still have to go to the first state then deal with the next. Bottom line is to stay outta trouble. Could you do that Lindsay Lohan? No you cant. so suck it up and go to CA court.

    • Astonished

      You could be very right here. Look at her face today opposed to what she looked like even 1 year ago. Looks like a crack face to me.


    Found a cure for 'it' . . . jump suit, hard hat, worker's gloves, and a shovel–fire road brush clearance.
    Enjoying month after month in our beautiful southern California forest areas-while working on a tan, breathing fresh air–all while getting back to nature and brown bagging it. Sweat under her brow, dirt under her fingernails, and hands hard with calluses may be the prescription for Ms. Lohan's recovery.

    • Astonished

      As my dear grandmother used to say: "A little hard work never hurt anyone!" I'd say a LOT of hard work would definitely benefit her!

  • coldharbourlove

    Cold? right, pictures of her and her sugar daddy shopping all day and smoking, she sure didn't look sick. She will slither on by again. The "justice" system does not apply to her. EVER

  • mystery

    OMG, should I notify oh anyone more importantly than the judge? This woman is a mess, grow up & take responsibility. Deal w/ the courts or maybe eventually,someone's karma will run over your dogma & then all we need is wake & a funeral

  • jay

    Can we really get back to some serious news now? Kinda tired of watching how HOLLYWOOD so called stars get away with everything under the sun, thought we had mandatory sentencing in California, she should be looking at about 6 years today in a fair world

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  • Knarf55

    Poor little rich girl! What is upsetting to me is that the law doesn't apply to everyone. Judge sees a starlet in his court room and thinks he gets his 15 mins,.What he actually is doing is wasting tax payer money to cater to this waste of human. She has everything going for her-but NO she wants to wasted it on stupit crap. I feel sorry for her. But she needs to be thought a lesson. Life is what you make it.

  • backatya

    This is ridiculous…Lindsay and the court system, that is! If she weren't celebrity, justice would have been served many counts ago and she would have taught her a lesson and put a stop to her madness. Maybe she needs a female judge and not a male judge.

  • 101Joe

    Judge Stephanie Sautner's court is a circus! It seems as this judge is intent on running and ruining Lindseys life. A request for a new judge needs to be done in the State court and should be filed.

  • Lana

    She will continue being a liar and being stupid since the courts let her away with it. The courts excuse?? the jails are too full !!!! This could turn into a long term soap series…. As The Days of Lindsey Lohan life!!!

  • Anonymous

    OH MY she showed up because things could actually get worse. Now that there is trial date set & her NY Lawyer wants to review the evidence & how it was handled. Well, my thought is, if the evidence has been handled the way she has, this could take a long time. And certainly not a NY Minute. Lohan, get your act together & then maybe you wouldn't be in the bad light you seem to attract, but perhaps in light that is worth being in!