Belfast Telegraph

Lindsay rejects judge's plea offer

Lindsay Lohan has rejected a judge's offer to end a felony grand theft case early and her lawyer said it is because the actress has a strong defence and is confident she can win an acquittal.

"Ms Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed and she has never wavered," lawyer Shawn Holley wrote in a statement released hours after the actress informed a judge she would not accept his plea offer.

Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz never publicly detailed the terms of his offer to Li-Lo, but said if she pleaded no contest or guilty to taking a 2,500 US dollar necklace, he would sentence her to jail.

Prosecutors are also seeking jail time for the Mean Girls star, who was on probation for a 2007 drunken driving case when a store told police that Lindsay had taken a necklace without permission in January.

"Though many advised her to follow the safe route by taking 'the deal', the truth is, Ms Lohan is innocent; she has a strong defence; and we are confident that a jury will listen to the evidence fairly and acquit her," her lawyer's statement said.

Yesterday was the deadline for Lindsay to notify the judge of her intentions and she will now be required to appear in court on April 22 for a preliminary hearing.

The preliminary hearing will be conducted by a new judge who will determine whether there is enough evidence for Lindsay to stand trial on the felony grand theft charge.

If the judge rules she should stand trial, the star could immediately be sentenced for a probation violation from the DUI case and sent to jail for the fourth time.

Lindsay, 24, has pleaded not guilty to the charge and repeatedly denied wrongdoing.


From Belfast Telegraph