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Lohan enters Monday’s hearing with a lawyer whose competence has been questioned by a judge, and another set of attorneys waiting in the wings to take over.
She will not however have her longtime advocate, Shawn Holley, present. Holley left the case this year after keeping the actress out of jail for significant periods of time on probation violations and allegations in 2011 that she took a $2,500 necklace without permission from an upscale jeweler.
In her current case, Lohan and Heller, her New York-based attorney, have apparently been unable to broker a plea deal. Heller has said that his client does not need rehab, but should be allowed to continue to undergo psychotherapy to address issues raised by her turbulent upbringing.
The former Disney star has been under some form of probation since she was arrested twice in 2007 for driving under the influence, and her court troubles have stifled a once-promising career.
Lohan’s return to acting last year in the Lifetime movie “Liz & Dick” was widely panned by critics and viewers. Her upcoming film by Bret Easton Ellis, “The Canyons,” co-starring porn star James Deen, is yet to be released.
A law firm in Orange County, Calif., will be waiting in the wings during Monday’s hearing to assist Heller if necessary in Lohan’s case. Heller has sought a delay in the trial, but was rebuked last year by Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney, who said Lohan’s misdemeanor case should be resolved quickly.
Attorney Paul Wallin wrote in an email last week that he and other lawyers from his firm will be available to assist if necessary during the trial. He wrote that Lohan would have to approve their involvement in the case, but Wallin’s firm had not formally signed on to the case as of Friday afternoon.
Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP
AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang contributed to this report.
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