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Judge lifts Lindsay Lohan probation

A judge in Los Angeles has ended Lindsay Lohan's probation and given her back her freedom.

Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner ended the Mean Girls star's probation imposed for a 2007 drink-driving offence, eliminating the need for Lohan to appear in court or report to a probation officer.

The 25-year-old actress remains on informal probation for taking a 2,500 dollar (£1,570) necklace without permission last year, but the immediate threat of jail or further punishment is over.

Lohan has struggled for four-and-a-half years to put her two drink-driving arrests behind her and has been under constant scrutiny since she missed a court hearing in May 2010.

Judge Sautner said Lohan had done everything that had been asked of her since late last year.

She told the troubled actress she was not going to give a lecture, but reminded her that she will remain on informal probation until May 2014 for taking the necklace without permission last year.

"You need to live your life in a more mature way, stop the nightclubbing and focus on your work," she said.

Lohan thanked Judge Sautner for her patience and let out a sigh of relief as she left the courtroom after the brief hearing.

"I just want to say thank you for being fair. It's really opened a lot of doors for me," Lohan said.

The hearing came as Lohan's career is showing signs of a comeback. She is due to guest star in a forthcoming episode of Glee, recently hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live and is set to star as Elizabeth Taylor in a television movie.

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