Lindsay Lohan Gets "The Keys to the Jail." She'll Do Time, Gets Super Strict New Probation Sentence
Actress Lindsay Lohan appeared in Judge Stephanie Sautner's court today for a formal hearing to determine if she has violated the terms of her probation. Lohan opted to waive her right to the hearing, and therefore Sautner is imposing a sentence on the starlet for probation violation that includes 30 days of jail time.
For those who get a kick out of seeing Lohan led out in cuffs, hold your horses: Lohan must surrender to the jail within one week of today, and must do her time in the facility. Lohan is "not to be eligible for house arrest, electronic monitoring, or any other early release," and must do the 30 days, unless the law provides for her to be let out earlier. It's likely she will get booted out after a few days, because of overcrowding.
Sautner calls the kind of sentence she imposed on Lohan as "putting the keys to the jail in the defendant's hands." The judge subsequently laid out a very strict, regimented, month-to-month plan that will have Lohan obligated to a pairing of community service duty days performed and counseling sessions attended, with a monthly court appearance to check in, and to put that probation on the line every thirty or so days.
There were some digs at Lohan passed on dryly by Sautner, including the judge noting that the Downtown Women's Center refuses to re-allow Lohan to perform community service there, and that when Sautner approached another local homeless women's group, the group refused to permit Lohan to serve there, saying the actress is "a bad example" to the women at the facility working to get their lives back together.
Consequently, all of Lohan's community service must be performed at the L.A. County Morgue, where her supervisors have strict expectations of her as well. Specifically, don't try to sweeten them up with cupcakes, and don't Tweet about her time there. Sautner did add, however, that while she can't force Lohan not to Tweet about the Morgue, she did request that the Morgue no longer hold press conferences about Lohan--a condition that inspired a grateful smile from Lohan.
Bonus: Lohan was asked to reimburse the Women's Center for their cost of hiring security for when the actress took a stab at working there. Sautner said she couldn't impose that fine, but Lohan said she'd voluntarily pay them their $112. Awww!
When Lohan gets out of jail, she is to report to her probation officer--a new one who is "no nonsense," cautioned Sautner, emphasizing today's obvious theme that there is to be no skirting around the terms of her probation.
Lohan's comm serv and therapy breaks down as follows: Once she gets out of jail, she has until December 14 to put in 12 days at the morgue and 4 psychotherapy sessions of 45 minutes each. If she makes good on that, Sautner will stay her jail time again and maintain probation, and that cycle is to repeat again until Lohan comes back to court January 17, and again February 15. For her last cycle, Lohan has from February 15 to March 29 to put in 17 days at the Morgue and go to six therapy sessions. Only then will her probation be completed and she can return to living under the expectation of simply obeying the law.
Sautner ordered Lohan to remain in the country, and stipulated the actress may not leave the state without her probation officer's approval, and moreover, she may only request to leave if she can prove she has work out of state, or if she is to visit with her family for the holidays.
Lohan seemed almost upbeat upon being sentenced under this strict month-to-month regimen, and she and her attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, suggested Lohan might work to complete her probation ahead of schedule. Hmmm. Yeah. We'll see about that, LiLo!
"I'd be the happiest judge in town if she finished early," said Sautner.