Just when you might think our criminal justice system never works, comes two rulings today that actually make sense! As I have posted many times, the Lohan charge of Felony grand theft was not equal justice and a great waste of taxpayer money. See my post of February 11, 2011. The fact that Lohan violated formal probation was also resolved today with a jail sentence and community service. Finally, a judge orders community service. I have written much about the benefits of community service and how it helps everyone.
Since Lohan did not accept a felony plea deal, the former judge ordered her to trial. Good news for Lohan as that meant a new judge. Today Judge Stephanie Sautner lowered the charge to a misdemeanor, as the value of the necklace is of course not the retail asking price of $2500. The bad news, Lohan was ordered to 120 days in jail for the probation violation. Two rulings from one fair and equal judge.
Lohan will face trial on a misdemeanor charge and that is EQUAL JUSTICE. Did she steal the necklace? Maybe, but that will be decided in the proper forum. The bigger lesson for Lohan should be that while on probation stay away from any trouble. Courts and cops are no joke. The lesson for the rest of us is Equal Justice should be for everyone.
This insider urges Lohan to accept responsibility for whatever she has done and move forward. Lindsay, you must make the most of your jail time this time around and make it your last stay. I ask the Los Angeles District attorney’s office to move on also.. After all, they should be held to a higher standard as they represent ALL people.
Score one for our criminal justice system and the many people who are learning the hard way just what this system is all about. Fair and equal justice for all. Sometimes that does mean jail time. The key is what you do with the lesson and how you pay it forward.