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Lohan Stays Out of Jail for Now, Theft Case Goes to Pre-Trial

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Actress Lindsay Lohan has managed to keep herself out of jail for now, and has not accepted a plea deal in the "stolen necklace" case brought against her by a Venice jewelry store. Judge Keith Schwartz presided for the last time this morning in the matter, making arrangements to set the pre-trial hearing for the case, as it is progressing forward. That hearing has been slated for April 22.

Schwartz added that during the pre-trial for the theft case, the matter of Lohan's possible parole violation will be handled. The trial judge is expected to rule on whether the actress violated the conditions of her parole as set in Beverly Hills in conjunction with her previous DUI charges.

The matter was handled quickly and without much speech-making from anyone and no tears from Lohan, who in the past has engaged in courtroom histrionics. Schwartz did, however manage to make room for remarks about the info-digging abilities of gossip outlets like TMZ and Radar Online, and joked maybe their efforts would serve national intelligence operations well.

Possibly adding help to Lohan's case are two high-profile actions taken by the jewelry store, Venice's Kamofie & Company, who this week both sold to a media outlet surveillance footage from Lohan's visit to the shop, and announced they would auction off the necklace Lohan is accused of stealing to benefit an as-yet-determined charity.