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Judge removes herself from Lindsay Lohan case

August 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Judges are not supposed to talk privately with witnesses or experts in a case they are hearing, nor interfere in the case without attorneys knowing about it. But the judge who sent Lindsay Lohan to jail did just that. Now she's removed herself from the case.Lohan was released from jail after serving 14 days in a 90-day sentence for probation violation.

Judge Marsha Revel also sentenced Lohan to three months in an alcohol rehab program. But prosecutors said the judge independently contacted experts in the case without prosecutors knowledge and tried to personally pick the rehab center where Lohan would spend the rest of her time.

Revel met with prosecutors last Friday who complained that the judge had discussions about the case without notifying them.

Lohan's attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, had to battle with the judge over which rehab center to send Lohan. Chapman got the judge to agree to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after the judge unilaterally decided to send Lohan to the Morningside Recovery rehab facility. Morningside wasn't on a list provided to the court.

The case has been assigned to Judge Elder Fox in Beverly Hills. He's handled other cases involving stars, such as Lane Garrison and Courtney Love.

Fox will take over any hearings when Lohan finishes her rehab and takes the next step in the process.

Calls to the prosecutor handling the case and to Chapman Holley were not returned.

Los Angeles County district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison said no further actions are expected from the D.A. No new court hearings are scheduled in the case.


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