Following his first big round of courtroom fun with Lindsay Lohan, new lawyer Mark Heller gave a press conference outside the courthouse Wednesday.
With his lucky rabbit foot by his side, he said:
"Her life has been under a magnifying glass with a great public interest in her case… I am very proud to be a part of this process to make sure justice is served."
The reporters continued to mention that if Lindsay were to plead no contest, she would agree to six months of lock-down rehab and no jail.
Mark insisted he was not up to speed on the case and that he would be reviewing the file as soon as possible. However, he pontificated that "justice has to be tempered with mercy; mean spirited people should want to see an alternative used to jail."
He jested that he did "not have a crystal ball" so he was unaware of how the case may turn out, but that Lindsay is no different than any other twenty-six year old girl, adding that she feels "the challenge" of this case but that she's "brilliant, very worldly, and can rise to the occasion."
When asked about her health, Mark addressed her suffering and that she traveled to court at her own detriment. He agreed that it was a wise decision on her part to prove that she is respectful of the process.
He noted that — at the time of press — she was resting.
Earlier today Lindsay confirmed to Judge Sautner that Heller would indeed be representing her for these trials, leaving us all to mourn the loss of beloved Shawn Holley.
When asked, Mark denied reports that Lindsay has been begging Shawn to return.
It was also noted in court that even if Linds were to be found NOT GUILTY in her lying case, her probation could still face the fire of violation with the jewelry-theft case as the standards are lower.
With March 1 as the next hearing in this on-going saga of LiLo's Legal Woes, we'll keep you updated on EVERYTHING!!
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