Judge Removes Herself From Lindsay Lohan Case

Judge Removes Herself From Lindsay Lohan Case-photo

Judge Marsha Revel, who sentenced Lindsay Lohan to jail and a rehab stint for probation violation last month, has recused herself from the actress' case due to improper contact with participants in the case, TMZ reports.

Revel stepped aside following a conference call with Lohan's lawyers and prosecutor Danette Meyers on Friday afternoon, during which Meyers raised objections to the judge making contact with "participants and experts" in the case without consulting other lawyers on both sides beforehand. Chief among the complaints is that Revel took it upon herself to consult with representatives at the Morningside Recovery rehab facility in Newport Beach, California, at least twice before sentencing Lohan to the facility. (A Lohan attorney eventually persuaded Revel to send LiLo to the UCLA Medical Center instead.)

It's also claimed that Revel met with medical experts at least twice, and with Robert Shapiro—who briefly served on Lohan's defense team—in her chambers without notifying the other lawyers.

Beverly Hills Judge Elden Fox has been tapped to replace Revel.

Lohan is currently serving out a 90-day rehab stint at UCLA, after completing 13 days of her 90-day jail sentence at the Century Regional Detention facility in Lynwood, California.


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