Lindsay Lohan Leaves Court in Handcuffs: Judge Revokes Probation, Orders Hearing for November 2
When it comes to probation, it's always best not to look a gift horse in the mouth. Actress Lindsay Lohan was in court this morning for a check-up visit with Judge Stephanie Sautner to determine if the conditions of her probation are being met. Lohan was required to not only perform over 400 hours of community service, but to do so responsibly and make significant progress on her hours, as well as enroll in counseling.
Prosecutors claim Lohan has not made adequate progress, particularly when it came to the mandatory hours she was ordered to serve at the Downtown Women's Center. As Sautner reviewed, the sentence was to work there in four-hour shifts, however Lohan was terminated from her service there for not completing full shifts, and for "blowing off" nine days.
After losing her gig at the Women's Center, Lohan was re-assigned to the Red Cross, however Sautner said today in court that was not the sentence at ordered, and that Lohan has created an "impossibility to perform the service" through her own doing, which Sautner says means her probation should be revoked.
If serving at the Downtown Women's Center was an issue, she should have enrolled at the morgue, which was the second portion of Sautner's sentence for Lohan. Lohan was asked to work 120 hours there. It's "like Caltrans," said Sautner today. "They don't mess around," she added, pointing out that those shifts are a mandatory eight hours.
Sautner says she will give Lohan no credit for the Red Cross service.
While Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, addressed the judge, Sautner was unrelenting in countering Holley's points regarding Lohan's responsibility in following the sentence. Sautner pointed out that Llohan does her required tasks the night before her court appearances (i.e. enrolling in a Shoplifters rehab program the day before her last court appearance in July, then completing that program just last night), and that no matter how glowing the reviews are of her supervisors at some programs, she has made virtually no progress on her community service hours in the past six months.
Holley argued that determining Lohan was not in compliance with her probation and Sautner's sentence was premature, since there are six months left in the year in which Sautner gave Lohan to complete her service and counseling. Her request to the court is to allow Lohan to continue to work on her service requirement by having her first complete her Morgue hours, then try working again at the Women's Center. Holley even boldly suggested that Sautner consider Lohan's Red Cross hours as her punishment for not making good on her community service as ordered.
"Probation is a gift," said Sautner. "If jail meant something in the state of California, maybe I'd put her in jail."
Ultimately, Sautner revoked Lohan's probation, and has ordered a probation violation hearing for November 2.
Bail was set at $100,000, and Sautner said it was up to the Sheriff to determine if that meant booking Lohan before being bailed out.
Additionally, Sautner urged Lohan to put in 16 hours at the Morgue before the November 2 hearing to help improve her standing with the court.