Most Read: Entertainment

Trove link goes here

Live Discussions

Weekly schedule, past shows

TV Column
Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 10/19/2011

Live TV event of the day: Lindsay Lohan’s probation hearing (live blog)


Lindsay Lohan leaves the Airport Branch Courthouse for her progress report hearing this summer. (Frederick M. Brown - GETTY IMAGES)

Sometimes, the best live TV is one you can watch one on your computer. Keeping that in mind, we’ll be live blogging the Lindsay Lohan probation hearing at 1 p.m.

Some background: According to press reports, Lohan was serving probation (stemming back from the alleged necklace-stealing incident, which violated probation from her 2007 drunk driving case) and completing community service hours at a homeless women’s shelter, but was recently terminated from that program.

Though she’s been working more service hours at the Red Cross, today, the city attorney will ask the judge for Lohan to be sent back to jail, saying that Lohan’s termination from the women’s shelter violated her probation.

All caught up? Confused? Either way, today’s hearing will serve as the live TV event of the day. TMZ has the live feed if you’re so inclined, and our live blog will start at 1 p.m.

1:41 p.m.: Lohan is taken away in handcuffs. End of hearing. (Here’s a handcuffs photo.) However, the bail bondsman is already on site, so the cameras are waiting outside the courthouse for her to be released.

1:39 p.m.: “I’m revoking her probation,” the judge says, and wants to schedule another probation violation hearing on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. at the court. ” She sets bail at $100,000 and tells Lohan she must work 16 hours a week at the morgue until her next hearing.

1:36 p.m.: Holley continues to insist that Lohan has been in compliance. She says there’s no need for another probation violation hearing, and that Lohan should just be allowed to go to the morgue to work, and then complete the women’s shelter. The judge isn’t pleased with this plan, as there would be no consequences.

1:34 p.m.: “There has been violation after violation,” the judge says. ”Probation is a gift, not a right.” Holley agrees, and reminds the court that this is all stemming back from a four-year-old misdemeanor. “There’s this rallying cry for more punishment, more jail.” The judge interrupts. “If jail meant something in California now, maybe I would put her in jail,” she snaps. “If I cared about rallying cries, I woudln’t have reduced this theft case to a misdemeanor.”

1:31 p.m.: The judge is still shocked that a probation progress report says Lohan is making progress, but at the same time, wasn’t completing hours at the women’s shelter — the judge points out that makes little to no sense. She interrupts Holley, who’s going about Lohan’s progress.

1:29 p.m.: Holley says Lohan has showed lots of progress, and wants the court to give Lohan a chance to prove herself, and let her go to her second volunteer spot at the morgue, and then go back to the women’s center.

1:28 p.m.: The judge reads from a letter that says Lohan didn’t find her work at the women’s center “fulfilling” because she wasn’t interacting with anyone. “Fulfilling?” the judge asks incredulously, saying that’s not what community service is supposed to be about. Holley says that’s not why Lohan skipped out on the center, or true at all. The judge says that will become clear at the hearing.

1:25 p.m.: More back and forth about how long Lohan went for Europe, and why, and if that was the reason she got fired from the women’s shelter. “Because she had to work, and because her work right now is out of the country, it did cause a disruption to the schedule,” Holley admits, adding, “The disruption is not to the lives of the women [at the shelter].” Holley says Lohan was shocked when she learned the women’s center had fired her, and had been planning to go back after her work trip in Europe.

1:24 p.m.: Lohan starts shaking her head vigorously when the judge starts talking about the women’s shelter policies about not scheduling people while they’re out of town. “Ms. Lohan,” the judge says sternly. ”Sorry,” Lohan says quietly.

1:22 p.m.: The judge says that Lohan still has 57 out of 60 days to go, and won’t take excuses that Lohan had to work. Holley says that Lohan’s acting opportunities are limited in this country, and her traveling to Europe was not to have fun, but to make money and support herself and her family. Lohan nods in agreement as Holly explains that Lohan told the women’s shelter she would have to take a break from community service to travel for work.

1:19 p.m.: The judge interrupts. She is not pleased that Lohan’s lawyer is praising her for completing 12 community service hours in six months. “How many hours has she done at the women’s center?” the judge asks. “They’re saying she went there once for an hour and a half and then blew them off and left.” “I don’t believe that’s true,” Holley says. The judge says they’ll hear from the women’s center at a formal hearing.

1:18 p.m.: Holley says that the therapist claims Lohan has made a real turning point in her maturity and progress. “So her failure to show up nine times at the downtown women’s shelter...that’s reaching a turning point in your maturity?” the judge asks. “Or are you disputing that she failed to show up?”

1:15 p.m.: Holley addresses the psychological counseling issue, and says the counselor has submitting a “glowing report” about Lohan’s attendance, and that if she didn’t go to a session, it was for a good excuse and had pre-approval from the therapist, and she made the sessions up later. “It doesn’t say that in the report,” the judge says. “It says every Tuesday.” The judge doesn’t seem to be buying this.

1:12 p.m.: Lohan’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, says the court’s orders were clear, but wants everyone to look at the situation as it does every other case, and focus on the fact that Lohan is only here because she was terminated from the women’s shelter. “Most people on probation don’t do things perfectly,” Holley says. She points out that Lohan completed a Shoplifting Course, and did tons of homework for the class as well.

1:09 p.m.: Deputy City Attorney Melanie Chavira, who wants Lohan sent back to jail, is asked to speak. “She is in violation for getting herself kicked out of the women’s center,” Chavira says. She thinks there should be a penalty for disregarding the court’s order or getting any approval. ”We are requesting that her probation be revoked, and...jail time be imposed for her actions.” The judge points out Lohan has a right to a hearing, first.

1:08 p.m. Next issue: The judge doesn’t know how Lohan went to court-ordered counseling every week, if she was traveling to Europe for work. “Unless she got beamed across the pond, I’m not knowing how that happened,” the judge says.

1:05 p.m.: Even though Lohan has been volunteering at the Red Cross, the judge is not happy that Lohan got re-assigned without the judge’s permission...so she says she’s not counting Lohan’s Red Cross work for any community service hours. “That can be out of the goodness of her heart,” the judge says. What Lohan should have done is go to work at the morgue, which was supposed to be her second volunteer spot after the women’s shelter.

1:04 p.m. “Ms. Lohan has made it an impossibility to serve this sentence that was given to her...I find that cause to revoke probation,” the judge says. But there will need to be a hearing first.

1:03 p.m.: The judge brings up the July progress reports, and says there was some back and forth about how many hours Lohan actually completed. She showed up once and left after an hour, and she didn’t show up nine community service appointments.

1:01 p.m.: The judge, Stephanie Sautner, says Ms. Lohan was sentenced to 360 hours at the women’s shelter, and at the morgue, and it was in lieu of jail. “In addition to jail,” Lohan’s attorney interupts.

1 p.m.: Lohan and her attorney are on the scene in the courtroom. Wearing her hair back in a low ponytail and white sleeveless outfit, she appears much more conservatively dressed than previous times.

By  |  12:56 PM ET, 10/19/2011

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company