Lilo Steal-O Rejects Plea Offer, Rolls Dice With Jury
Lilo Steal-O is feeling bold. It must be all the fur she’s wearing. Lohan has formally rejected the plea deal offered to her in the case of the mysteriously stolen necklace and would like to take her chance with a jury. Her defense is that the video of her stealing the necklace speak for itself, in that the perpetual sale (and presumably profits) of the video is what is motivating store owners to accuse her of stealing the necklace. Res ipsa…Lohan Lohan?
The necklace, estimated to be worth $2,500, has its own website where you can view the video of Lohan “stealing” the thing, complete with the tag-line “The video speaks for itself.”
Lohan’s attorney, Shawn Holley, offered this explanation: “Ms. Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed and she has never wavered,” Shawn explained. “Though many advised her to follow the safe route by taking ‘the deal,’ the truth is, Ms. Lohan is innocent; she has a strong defense; and we are confident that a jury will listen to the evidence fairly and acquit her.”
Already on probation from a 2007 DUI, Lilo does appear to be taking a chance by rejecting a very reasonable plea offer that would send her to jail for just six months as opposed to the three years she’s facing with a jury. But she’s not sweating it. Lohan was out in the city last night, falling down in fur looking…happy. View the pics here.
Luckily, Lohan is now free from the talons of cranky Judge Schwartz, and she will continue to enjoy the 2am hour tripping on the floors of New York clubs until April 22, when she must appear in court again. She’s facing three years in prison if convicted of grand theft and additional jail time for violating her 2007 DUI probation.
I’m obviously on team Lilo, because the fodder is fun, but also because I’m seriously concerned about her ability to get a fair trial in the wake of all the recent negative press. Today, the 911 call of Lilo hysterical shrieking at rehab worker Dawn Holland found its way onto the internet. Lilo is first violent, and then wants to buy Dawn off in exchange for not suing her. Combine these antics with the fact that everyone on the jury knows she’s been in prison, we’ve all seen the mug-shots. A limiting instructions will not cut it.
What’s REALLY interesting is the comments people are making on the video’s website, they’re upset at the publication of the video online for profit and shockingly insightful. My favorite, “What a disgrace! I would NEVER shop at your shop at your store. You are soooo transparent despite Lindsey Lohan’s shady past!”