The world has pretty much collectively agreed that it's a straight-up MIRACLE that Lindsay Lohan made it safely into the Betty Ford Center to begin her 90-day sentence in lockdown rehab before a warrant for her arrest was issued, and apparently, the judge handling her probation violation case, Jim Dabney, agrees!
So much so, in fact, that he told the woman who made it all possible, Shawn Chapman Holley, that she single-handedly SAVED her client from certain jail time!
As we all know, it was looking pretty grim for the troubled starlet when she ran away from the unlicensed-for-treatment Morningside Recovery facility the morning she was due to begin her stay, all while her lawyer at the time, Mark Heller, was in the courtroom lying through his teeth about how "ensconced" she was "in the bosom" of the facility! Luckily, LiLo was smart enough to call the attorney she fired and beg her to be taken back on as a client, which led to her making it back into Betty Ford and in compliance with the court by the skin of her teeth!
According to new reports, Judge Dabney was so impressed with Holley's quick maneuvering that he told her this morning:
"You snatched her from the precipice."
YEAH! That's the UNDERSTATEMENT of the century, we'd argue!
Of course, prosecutors are still investigating the facility to determine whether or not it's suitable for the sentence, especially given Lindsay's history of leaving the grounds - and assaulting a staffer - during her 2010 stay! There's also been some questions over the duration of the programs there, which apparently only are offered in 30-day increments…meaning that Lindsay would just be repeating the same program three times!
But according to sources, the only reason she could leave the first time around was because she was situated on the residential portion of the grounds, and this time around, she's being carefully monitored in the hospital section. Furthermore, Holley is adamant that Lindsay will be on a different program than the 30 day standard, meaning she'll be in compliance with the court order!
And Holley managed to get this all taken care in record timing, while Haller had over a month and STILL screwed the pooch!
We just hope Lindsay realizes how much time, effort and patience has gone into what is now an EXTREMELY sweet deal, and doesn't eff it up all of her attorney's hard work!
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