Judge in Lohan Case Recuses Herself after Inappropriate Contact

Lindsay Lohan’s judge has recused herself from the case.  Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel removed herself from the case after it became known that she privately contacted experts and other individuals involved with the case.  Revel made contact with these people improperly, and without the knowledge of the District Attorney or Lohan’s defense team.

At the heart of the matter seems to be the contact Revel made with the Morningside Recovery rehabilitation center.  As part of her sentence for violating her 2007 probation, Lohan was ordered to serve 90 days in jail.  The actress was released after two weeks and sent to a rehab facility for the duration of her sentence.  Revel had originally made contact with the Morningside facility and selected them as the treatment facility Lohan would attend.  Morningside was not on the list of rehabilitation facilities provided by court-appointed experts.

Ultimately, Lohan’s lawyer was able to get the judge to agree to send the actress to the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center.

Lohan originally was charged with drug and driving charges in 2007.  She was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to drug charges and no contest to three separate driving charges.  Lohan failed to complete the terms of her probation on time, and was scheduled for a probation hearing in May of this year.  Upon missing the hearing, Lohan was ordered to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet.  At the time of her hearing, Lohan was attending the Cannes Film Festival.  She claimed she could not fly back for the hearing because of a stolen passport.

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