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Lindsay Lohan's jail sentence

By Jodi Westrick  |  July 7, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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She is an alcoholic, two time drunk driver and drug addict and those people are congenital lairs.

If she was black, male and 21 she would be in San Quintin for 5 to 10 if she was even to get out of LA county on bail which she probably wouldn't/ couldn't. American justice what a bunch of horse s***.

Posted by: seasail | July 7, 2010 1:32 PM

seasail, you nailed it.

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | July 7, 2010 2:38 PM

This is it for her... If this doesn't get her to seriously look at her downhill spiril she will be found crumpled next to her bed with a pistol in her hand and a hole in her temple....

Posted by: james_m_reilly1 | July 7, 2010 2:58 PM

This young lady is one sick puppy and needed to be pulled up short. Had I been the judge I would have sentenced her to a year. Of course, it wouldn't have held up under appeal. I don't believe so short a jail term will have a positive effect on her self-destructive behavior. Unless she takes control of her impulses, her fifteen minutes will be up before she's 25.

Posted by: Diogenes | July 7, 2010 3:56 PM

Anybody remember Robert Mitchum?

Posted by: Spectator | July 7, 2010 4:14 PM

It's a trick question. She's going to serve it all under home lock up.

Posted by: boblas | July 7, 2010 4:38 PM

Reality just hit this young woman, at least for a few moments.

I hope she gets cleaned up, so she'll have a chance to grow up. And she DOES need to grow up . . . . .

Posted by: momof20yo | July 7, 2010 4:44 PM

If she were Black, male, 21 and HAD NO MONEY, yes, she would be in prison. Black, male and HAS money? 2nd, third and fourth chances.

It's a money thing, not a Black thing (and I'm a Black lawyer). Money means you can get psych evaluations and doctors to come to your sentencing with reports from the rehab. Family members, church members, co-workers, employers (i.e., all voters) show up to tell the judge how needed you are. That's how you stay out of prison.

Poor people (white, black, brown) show up alone and tell the judge about all their illegitimate babies on welfare that need them. Their doctor consists of them telling the judge that they haven't used drugs in 90 days (coinciding with their 90 day lockup). And they haven't worked in 5 years, they couch surf, and the last time they were at Church they were in the parking lot stealing out of cars.

Posted by: hc2254 | July 7, 2010 5:06 PM

Ms. Lohan has been very lucky when it comes to the criminal justice system. However, it is time to pay her dues, because there are always consequences to our behavior. The judge should have sentenced her to a longer term. This woman is sick and she needs to be put away for her crimes and then go into real rehab. Someone needs to take control of her before she dies.

Posted by: Listening2 | July 7, 2010 5:28 PM

The judge probably made a mistake by not keeping her in custody. She gave Lohan and her attorney two weeks to prepare....time enough to flee the country; probably to Mexico.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | July 7, 2010 5:32 PM

LA County Jail is no joke, even in isolation, away from general public. Jail will break most people and pampered celebrities are very weak. Remember how the little Paris Hilton girl cried and cried to get out. That place is serious.

Posted by: madstamina | July 7, 2010 7:33 PM

fr spectator:

>Anybody remember Robert Mitchum?

Yes, one of my very favorite actors. Before I was born, he did a 30-day vagrancy sentence, and from what I understand, he cleaned up his act after that.

Posted by: Alex511 | July 7, 2010 9:24 PM

Actually, I never hear of anyone serving more than 7 days in Jail on a 1st time in jail for DUI/DWI unless that person is famous. Most people get 1st offenders, if that doesn't work, then they get 7 days in jail, if that doesn't work then they get 30 days in jail, if that doesn't work, more, etc.

For a judge to give her 90 days in jail the first time he is sending her to jail at all on a DUI/DWI is NOT something that generally happens to regular non-famous people. The judges get nastier with the famous people who flout them.

Posted by: barbaraebj | July 8, 2010 5:44 PM

And, she only has two DUIs? Unfortunately, I have heard of people with countless DUIs who barely do any jail time at all and they don't have any fame or money.

The big difference is that, due to the media, she has very publicly made a laughing stock of the judiciary. So, the judge is ready to make her PAY for that big time.

A lot of people think that famous people get off easy, but actually, that can often work against a person because of the public exposure and the embarrassment it can cause the judiciary if they do NOT throw the book at them. The judges and DAs/AGs have more leeway with private citizens who can get good deals as easily with public defenders as with high-paid lawyers as long as their violations did not involve any drug offenses.

Posted by: barbaraebj | July 8, 2010 5:50 PM

I'll be in the distinct minority here. She should not serve one day in jail for a substance abuse problem. Either it's a "disease" or it's not. You can't have it both ways, but that just illustrates the sheer insanity society has in addressing this subject. As far as the judge, and judges in general - they are scary people, little dictators. This one seems especially onerous.

Posted by: Trout1 | July 20, 2010 4:41 PM

Seems like she had plenty of chances to clean up her act. Maybe this time it'll work. Jail is no fun trip. The rest of us, with what all she did, sorry, off to jail, and no Get Out Of Jail card for us!

I only feel a tiny bit sorry for her. Ya know, with some people, a 2x4 across the backside finally manages to get their attention.

She'll be out in about 4 weeks.

Posted by: PasadenaDave | July 20, 2010 4:50 PM

As far as the judge, and judges in general - they are scary people, little dictators. This one seems especially onerous.

Posted by: Trout1
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That may be true, however; when Lohan was given ample opportunities to complete her sentence which she failed to do. The judge is forced to do something about it. Given the overcrowding and budget issues, she'll get 30 days and treatment with the rest of the time in her home on ankle bracelet. Most people don't even get that at all.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 20, 2010 5:28 PM

Locking people in jail in no humane. Obviously something has to be done when folks put other folks at 'risk' by drinking and driving on a substance that impairs one's driving ability, but I ensure you jail is draconian concept.

Posted by: RobertCurleyJacobs | July 20, 2010 5:48 PM

Yeah Lindsay needs to pull a Roman Polanski right about now

Posted by: fleeciewool | July 20, 2010 5:48 PM

If Lindsay Lohan does not like the LA jail, maybe they can arrange a transfer of custody to Maricopa County, Arizona. I am sure Joe Arpaio would be happy to accommodate her.

Posted by: dataflunky | July 20, 2010 6:07 PM

There is a wise old saying amoungst the "friends of Bill W." The founder of AA, " Institutions, prison and Death." Any "special" treatment of Lindsay and any other person in active addiction is doing them a great disservice. It takes at least 30 days to detox from Alcohol and longer for many drugs. If she recieves no tratment after she is released, it is very near of not completely certain she will start using again, right where she left off. To many dead celebrities and, of course, may other common people have met their end in just such a way. Pray for the addict who suffers.( Even if you are not religious.)

Posted by: anonpost1 | July 20, 2010 7:37 PM

Her biggest problem, seems to me, are the prescribed drugs she is taking. She really needs rehabilitation with good medical care, all of which she can afford. Once she gets out of jail she needs to detox for once and for all otherwise she is just going to kill herself and hopefully not, but possibly others as well if she drives under the influence.

Posted by: maddymappo | July 20, 2010 7:58 PM

Trout1 has the right of it when he says "Either it's a 'disease' or it's not. You can't have it both ways, but that just illustrates the sheer insanity society has in addressing this subject."

It's a disease...unfortunately, a disease no-one yet has found a permanent cure for. Until someone does, society, not knowing how else to combat the issue, will continue to criminalize the diseased in the futile, insane hope that jail time will cure them.

Posted by: mamapanda | July 20, 2010 8:25 PM

I had epilepsy when I was a young man, seizures four or five times a year despite treatment - lots of people have it lots worse.

In California where I was living at the time when you have a seizure alone out in public, an ambulance is called, they file a report with the dmv, and there goes your driver's license.

Looking back on it I can easily see the sense of it. But back then, screw the law. I wanted to drive.

So after a few tickets for driving without a license, and failure to appear warrants, one particular judge - I'll never forget seeing that pounding vein in his forehead, told me he "never wanted to see me in his court again!".
He threw me in jail over the weekend.

Well, I was cured of driving without a license, let me tell you.

It didn't cure the epilepsy, just like jail won't cure Lohan's narcissism, but it sure will make a dent in her lack of self control.

Throw her in jail already.

Posted by: jontomus | July 21, 2010 2:04 AM

I can only hope the judge in this case has had enough of Lohan's weak excuses and total disrespect for the law. Lohan needs to stay the whole 90 days.

Posted by: ccs53 | July 21, 2010 8:35 AM

And Ms Lohan is important - why?

Posted by: Davidd1 | July 21, 2010 9:35 AM

What difference does it make? If you're a celebrity you can game the system with a slap on the wrist and then go back out and crete mayham on the rest of society.

Personally, I would like to see her tossed in solitary for 30 days to detox. If she makes it, good for her -- if not, then, leave in her in until she sheds her demons.

General Society doesn't need to be victimized by the small and large screen prima donas

Posted by: asmith1 | July 21, 2010 12:16 PM

"Yeah Lindsay needs to pull a Roman Polanski right about now"

Actually, she needs to pull a "George Bush" right now. After he was arrested for drunk driving, his mug shot and all county prison records "disappeared."

Helps to have a rich Daddy outside the jail.

Posted by: LeeH1 | July 21, 2010 12:25 PM

The best punishment of all would be banishment from show business. But that is unlikely, since they are mostly apologists, hangers-on and substance abusers themselves, and they look out for one another. In the meantime, we are subjected to endless headlines about their antics.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | July 21, 2010 2:01 PM

I haven't been paying attention to this, so I'm assuming she's going to do time for "The Love Bug"?

Posted by: miden1 | July 21, 2010 3:46 PM

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