Lindsay Lohan pleads ‘not guilty’ via her kind-of lawyer Shawn Holley

Lindsay Lohan tried to fire her long-time lawyer Shawn Holley yesterday. It was complicated – you can read my recap here. Basically, Lindsay owes Shawn more than $300,000, so of course LL thought this would be the perfect time to get a new lawyer, because she heard it through the crackvine that lawyers don’t care about being paid if they get fired by their clients. After TMZ was all “LL is so dumb for firing Shawn and hiring this other NY dude,” Lindsay was all “OMG, I didn’t mean to fire Shawn!” And then there was another interesting wrinkle – Shawn had been working with prosecutors on a plea deal that would have involved no jail time and six months of crack-lockdown rehab. I personally think that deal probably had more to do with Shawn’s dismissal, don’t you?

Anyway, all of this came just hours before Lindsay was due to make a plea at her hearing today. Lindsay wasn’t actually going to make the appearance in person, but Shawn was supposed to come to court and offer the plea on her behalf, only you know, Shawn got fired. But Shawn’s a pro so she showed up anyway:

Shawn Holley pulled off another miracle — pleading “not guilty” on Lindsay Lohan’s behalf today in court … despite Lindsay firing her yesterday.

When the judge asked if she was still representing Lindsay — Shawn replied, “At this point, yes” … but it’s unclear what that means since she got a letter saying she was fired yesterday. Lindsay has since hired another lawyer in New York, Mark Heller.

The judge was understandably confused — and Shawn said, “The representation issue will be nailed down.”

Consider it another bullet dodged by Lindsay — it was likely a bench warrant would have been issued for her arrest had Shawn not stepped in to help her.

A pretrial date has been scheduled for January 30th. Lindsay has been ordered to appear.

[From TMZ]

Ah, I miss the days when judges would actually order a bench warrant for Lindsay’s ass. Remember that? When was that? Like, 2010? Lindsay was partying at the Cannes Film Festival and she “lost” her passport so she couldn’t make it home in time for a court date and the judge was all “Bench warrant for the crackie!” Memories.

Anyway, it doesn’t sound like Shawn is too jazzed about this situation. Poor Shawn. Do you think she realized that she’s never going to see that $300,000?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Kaboom says:

    California celebrity justice is like doing rehab in a whiskey distillery.

  2. HotPockets says:

    I am only surprised at how different Blohan’s face looks from the bottom photo, that was still her old face and she looked so much less cracked out, but that’s not saying much.

  3. logan says:

    You can bet this sow was somewhere in front of a computer just laughing her head off. As much as she skates she should be on the Olympic team.

  4. Erinn says:

    I don’t understand how the judge could take a plea from a woman who had been fired from her position as Lindsay’s lawyer.

    • Madriani's Girl says:

      I think it’s because she is counsel of record until she formally files with the court. I could be wrong but I think it’s something along those lines.

      • Erinn says:

        Thanks, that does make some sense.

      • Katherine says:

        The judge must approve any withdrawal by an attorney. The attorney can file for leave to withdraw in a formal motion or orally before the court. But if the client is absent and the judge cannot learn from the client what she wants then no court will act. Plus there seems to be no appearance entered as yet by any new attorney so the judge is not going to allow Lohan to be without representation. The NY lawyer may not even be licensed to practice in California and if not would have to file appropriate motions to be allowed to represent Lohan in this matter.

        You also cannot withdraw if the withdrawal prejudices (hurts) your client. It doesn’t matter if you have been paid or not – criminal attorneys get stuck all the time and are often forced to do their job even without pay.

        If the probation violations are minor or as a result of her recovery/relapses then it is not typical that a judge would throw someone in jail. Maybe eventually but most judges are very patient while someone is in recovery – they get many chances. The original offense she is on probation for is a minor offense.

        By this point I would have asked the judge to terminate the probation as “unsuccessful” and end it. That “unsuccessful” on your record can hurt you if you have future cases. Most judges would have agreed.

      • Erinn says:

        Wow, thanks Katherine. I guess in some cases, it’s good that the lawyer can’t withdraw if it’s detrimental to the client, but in the case of 9 lives Lohan, it’d be nice to see some consequence.

      • Sapphire says:

        @Katherine-exactly the same in my jurisdiction. Withdrawal is allowed only on motion and a showing of breakdown of the attorney/client relationship or termination. The case MUST be stayed for 28 days thereafter to allow new counsel, no exceptions. At this juncture in the proceeding, the judge would allow it, but with no motion pending, the court can’t act.

  5. RocketMerry says:

    “I diz not doz it, yar honor!”

  6. KellyinSeattle says:

    Not guilty? Pleaazzzzzz……..

  7. sunnyinseattle says:

    PHEW! I was really worried she might actually have to pay for her crimes. Didn’t expect this at all! :-(

  8. dorothy says:

    More proof that the justice system is like a runaway train when it come to celebrities. Anyone else would have been in jail years ago.

  9. jm says:

    I knew I recognized that name – that was Jon Gosselin’s lawyer

  10. Elceibeno says:

    Lindsey has made a circus out the LA judicial system. What luck!

  11. grabbyhands says:

    We already know what happens-Lohan will show up on the 30th and nothing will happen to her. It wouldn’t even surprise me if she gets Holley to officially represent her again. The free publicity Shawn Holley of getting from all of this is probably worth more to her than the 300K anyway-she always comes out looking good since she has been able to cut so many deals for her.

  12. Lem says:

    Can someone please explain how you get a letter “on your way to court”
    If no one walks anywhere in LA, then WTF?

  13. Hannah says:

    That woman (Shawn Holley) must be a saint. I appreciate she is a lawyer but at a certain point even they must think: “F*ck this!”

  14. Lem says:

    300,000 is probably a half days work. Not to cut Lohan any slack, particularly when it comes to paying due but… If Shawn called Dina, LL, new lawyer and TMZ she more than likely earned those billable hours in the past 48.
    Also,it’s a brilliant tactic to avoid 6month lockdown (ha) and today’s hearing and postpone everything else. It’s too smart for LL, I’m wondering if it’s a Holley ploy?
    Is the crackie still in Londonz

    • Boo says:

      I am not sure its smart. She is just postponing the inevitable. I agree with this article that Shawn had cut her deal and she didnt like the idea of going back to rehab and dismissed Shawn.

      • Lem says:

        Well, smart is relative- firing her lawyer is a ploy she’s used before, as well as her lawyer trying to quit her, along with losing her passport, taking on a state counseling agency,and drug testers, missing her flight, forgetting to show up, preemptive rehab, and motions to dismiss…
        The probation is years old. Had she bothered to attend anti-thievery classes, counseling and tox screens she’d have been out from under this one already. Apparently she’d rather keep paying lawyers and hiding in England every time she’s due in court. To that avail, switching lawyers, or plaguing the court with confusion over switching lawyers, will again postpone, delay and otherwise befuddle her hearings yet again. So, given that seems to be a massive m.o. from both Holley and Lohan, this accomplishes what they want. Shawn can blame “my client is an idiot”. Crackie can blame “unscrupulous NY lawyer”. NY lawyer gets ‘notoriety’ and can blame LL.
        No 6 month lockdown. Stay in London. Postpone again when time comes.
        Assuming your dumb ass was to chickenchit to just do the 3 hours of jailtime in the fist place. She always will postpone the inevitable.
        I mean it’s a convoluted plan, which sounds like the Cracken, I’m just not sure she’s smart enough to put it together. I think, maybe just maybe Shawn put it together, at the last minute, when she realized Linds didn’t or wasn’t going to come back and cooperate with the deal Holley was cutting.

      • Cool Phosphorescent Shimmer says:

        Geez, another “Boo.”

        I was Boo until this post (not mine), but there are too many of us here…reverting to my name from TMZ. I hope it’s okay.

        As for Lindsay, she may be sneaky, but she is not smart in any way that promotes the positive.

  15. bangarang says:

    This is a slightly off topic question but can a lawyer dump you if you are being difficult or the lawyer knows you are going to loose

    • Syko says:

      After 30+ years working for lawyers, I can answer this. Yes, they can. I have filed many a motion to withdraw as counsel (mostly for non-payment). A hearing is then held, and it’s up to the judge to decide if the lawyer can withdraw. Almost all the time, they grant the motion. Then the party is given a certain amount of time to come up with new representation, or an individual can represent him/herself.

    • Katherine says:

      Yes. But it has to be with permission of the court and not at a time when your withdrawal from representation will hurt your client – like on the eve of trial or an important hearing. Plus the judge may make you wait until there is substitute counsel.

      In court appointed cases you also need to proffer some good cause to the judge for the withdrawal. She is throwing shade my way won’t cut it. She threatened to kill me MAY be good enough. Judges can be a bitch.

  16. erika says:

    so i’m confused hearing again in two weeks? i don’t understand all this law stuff.

    but if lohan skates free AGAIN just realize that w/in no time she’ll F***K it ALL UP again and before you can Happy Valentines Day she’ll be charged w/ yet ANOTHER &#^#&@(# crime right?

    let’s just hope it doesn’t involve homicide…

  17. Roma says:

    So, where exactly is the Cracken? How come we haven’t seen her? I mean, she was tweeting up a name-dropping storm during the Golden Globes but no idea where it is.

    Also, super fun thing my friends do. Take turns reading her tweets like it’s Masterpiece Theater. Awesome.

  18. Hautie says:

    Oh I have many thoughts…

    I also tend to believe, that Lohan attempted to fire Holley. Especially if Holley was working on a plea, that sent Lohan to a locked down rehab.

    Dina would not let that happen.

    Lohan can’t keep “dates” for cash if she is on lock down.

    In a genuine rehab.

    Not Betty Ford or Promises.

    But like that place in Minnesota. Where they don’t deal with crackhead shenanigans. Where Lohan would be cut off from everyone in her family, for her first month.

    No… Dina is not about to let that happen. Where would her income… come from? If Lohan is not out there f*cking for dollars?

    And I suspect Dina was the one behind this “firing” of the attorney, that kept her crack-baby out of prison. Not county jail. But the California prison system.

    I hope Holley walks away from this whole mess. Let Lohan try to use that lawyer of questionable ethics from NY, for that California court case. It will not end well.

    Because I don’t see her dodging prison anymore if Lohan lets that happen.

    And I do suspect that Holley’s phones are constantly ringing. She probably has more work, than she can handle in LA.

    She has been proven a lawyer that can get someone out of a “situation” that should send them to prison. But instead end up with probation.

    I bet she will stay busy for the next decade. Without ever having to deal with Lohan again.

  19. janie says:

    I want to make an observation.. Please tell me what anyone thinks? I can’t think of ANY other celeb that has gotten away with the things she has? This has been going on for several years, YEARS?

    • Cecada says:

      Two quotes come to mind, both out of the NYT Magazine this past Sunday (I’m a longtime subscriber). I forget who said what but anyway they went something like this:

      ‘with parents like that she never had a chance’ (I think this was the article’s author who said that)

      ‘for every Jodie Foster, there are 5 Lindsay Lohans’ (I think that was the director – ?)

      Read between the lines and basically the conclusion is that former child stars with problems is nothing unusual and never has been anything unusual. Read Judy Garland’s bio; I mean, it’s all there…

      The reason Lindsay’s troubles are so front and center all the time? Dina and Micheal selling out thier daughter to the tabloids for money. I mean, just the fact that we know thier names so well says it all. How many other former child stars’ parents names do we know that well? These two scumsuckers hijacked thier daughter’s fame, money and life a long time ago. And if there is ever a corpse, God forbid, they will undoubtably tear it apart squabbling over who gets to sell it to the highest bidder…

    • Lem says:

      Charlie Sheen, Andy Dick, Jeremy London, hit n run chick, Halle Berry, January Jones, Lance Asshat, the one married to McSteamy. RDJ did for years, Marlon Brando’s son, O.J, Dreamy Pete, the cast of Different Strokes, Russell Crowe oh oh that guy from the band that beats his wife while trashing hotel rooms
      Oh, I like this game.
      Now I wonder if anyone else has as many mug shots? I need a new set of shot glasses!

  20. Bread and Circuses says:

    The NY lawyer appears to be a dirtbag. I suspect he is trying to steal Lindsay as a client from Shawn.

    (And why, dude? Why would you want that? You think the publicity is gonna be worth it? IT IS TO LAUGH. HAHA.)

    Given how cracky Lindsay is, it probably wasn’t hard for Dirtbag to get Lindsay to sign something she didn’t (bother to) understand. And now he’s likely stalling on sending the second letter that will get Shawn back on board.

    The crackroach has attracted another crackroach. (Stomp him hard, Shawn!)

  21. WendyNerd says:

    Seriously, Shawn Holley should just cut her losses and leave.

    What gets me is that we haven’t heard news of Lindsay firing Heller. I mean, if the other lawyer I just hired got me to sign a letter firing my other lawyer without realizing I was firing her, I’d fire him instantly. So I kind of doubt this, “accidental firing” story.

    If you ask me, Heller convinced Lohan that somehow, he’d be able to get rid of her charges in both states much more quickly if she got rid of Shawn. But then when she found out about that plea deal Shawn was drawing up for her, she decided to pretend it was a fake firing.

    But now? I wonder why she pled not guilty. Maybe Shawn decided “fuck it” after this mess. I wouldn’t be surprised if she let Lindsay crash and burn for this BS. I wouldn’t be surprised if the upcoming trials prove to be the most interesting of them all. After all this BS, I wouldn’t be surprised if Holley decides the Cracken is no longer worth giving her all, and let Lindsay go to jail. It’s not like it’ll hurt her reputation as an effective lawyer if she does since the fact that Lindsay has gotten so little jail time up to this point that it is nothing short of a miracle. If she lets Lohan crash and burn this time, she can just be like, “Look, there’s only so much any human could do. The fact that it took this long for her to gain any serious jail time is incredible.”

    I hope that happens, because Lindsay doesn’t deserve a lawyer as good as Holley.

  22. janie says:

    Thx Lem… I stand corrected. Maybe she will get what she deserves? It’s just enough of the drama.

    • Lem says:

      Just posted a link above. Martin Sheen has been arrested 66 times!

      • Vega says:

        I appreciate why Martin Sheen has been arrested so many times. He is willing to put himself on the line for the causes he believes in. He is a protestor who chooses civil disobedience to protest what he feels are unjust laws. I’ve known many people who are not celebrities who have done that as well, who have been arrested just as often and who also have not done hard time for those civil protests. IMHO, there is a big difference between exercising one’s right to peacefully demonstrate, and a repeat crackhead/prostitute who flagrantly and repeatedly violates the law solely for their own gain. Martin Sheen is a responsible citizen who has made strides to better his life and the lives of others. Lindsay Lohan, not so much.

  23. lucy2 says:

    Shawn Holley seems to be some sort of genius in getting Lindsay out of trouble. However, I then question her intelligence for taking such a client to begin with – did she ever think she’d see a dime of that money?

  24. ClassyKitten007 says:

    This child needs help. Is she still drinking?

  25. Newtsgal says:

    SCH will withdraw as counsel a day or two before the next court date….they will give Liho time to come up with new representation (another 30 days) Then new counsel will need time to prepare (another 30 days) and so on, and so on……….
    Watch Liho running circles around the court system, it’s like watchin my fat*ss dog trying to reach his butt for an itch……..REDUNDANT!!!!

  26. Ruyana says:

    What is legal isn’t always what is moral. Letting Lindsay off over and over just leaves her out on the streets to wallow in sea jasper, “water”, and sex-for-hire. Sooner or later she’ll slap the wrong person or snatch the wrong person’s phone or ram the wrong person’s car and that will be the end of her. Period.

    If Shawn and Dina want her to live they’d better let her do time, and not in rehab for the umpty-hundredth time!

  27. Amy625 says:

    What would Lindsay’s sentence be if convicted? If I recall Lindsay got 6 months in jail but only served 30-45 days because of overcrowding. Even if she got a year, she may serve just a couple of months. Eventhough it’s jail, most people would probably choose 2 months over 6 months of rehab. Especially if rehab can’t be done at one of those resort type places.

  28. EscapedConvent says:

    I just want to see her off the street because eventually she’s going to hurt or kill someone. The courts should at least make it next to impossible for her to drive. I understand they’ve given up trying to “punish or rehabilitate” her because she’s not going to change. No one can be forced to stop being self-destructive.

    But isn’t there some concern for public safety?! She’s a menace. She’s Typhoid Mary with a Porsche.

    At the very least, I don’t know how she still has a driver’s license. After that gets revoked, I thought the court could impound your car. There are lots of people who keep driving while impaired—what usually happens to them?

  29. dcypher1 says:

    What I dont understand is why is shawn working for her for free???