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'Dream Team' Lawyer Robert Shapiro Takes Lindsay Lohan's Case


Updated: Lindsay Lohan has found another lawyer in the nick of time—she’s scheduled to turn herself in Tuesday—to appeal her 90-day sentence for probation violation.

TMZ reports that Lohan has hired Robert Shapiro, best known for being a part of O.J. Simpson’s criminal defense “dream team.” TMZ notes that Shapiro’s own son, Brent, died of a drug overdose in 2005 and that Shapiro subsequently created The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug and Alcohol Awareness. Unidentified sources told TMZ that Shapiro hopes to elminate or minimize jail for Lohan in favor of sending her to a rehab facility. RadarOnline.com reports that on Wednesday afternoon, Lohan checked into the Pickford Lofts sober living residence also founded by Shapiro.

Danette Meyers, the prosecutor handling the case, told RadarOnline.com that Shapiro would be wasting his time. “It’s a really a moot point to ask Judge [Marsha] Revel to send Ms. Lohan to rehab only as Judge Revel has already sentenced her,” she said. “The only issue to be decided is what rehabilitation facility Ms. Lohan will be sent to after she serves her jail time.”

TMZ has no details regarding Shapiro’s fee. RadarOnline.com reported yesterday based on a tip from an unidentified source that Lohan wanted her new lawyer to take her case pro bono.

“Lindsay doesn’t think she should pay for a new lawyer, period. Lindsay has gone through two attorneys already,” the source told the blog, pointing out that the lawyers Lohan hired didn’t come cheap.

Meanwhile, another counsel candidate who says he refused the representation has already dished to People magazine.

His would-be client is “a fragile lost child” who “just doesn’t get it” concerning the seriousness of the case she is involved in, says Stuart Goldberg, a criminal defense attorney based in Chicago. When he met with the actress and two relatives, “they didn’t seem to understand the urgency and gravity of the situation.”

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Lohan’s Lawyer Quits After Jail Sentence; Is New Bar Admittee Her New Counsel?”

Updated July 15 to include that Shapiro decided to take Lohan’s case and the report that Lohan has checked into a sober living house.

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