Troubled Lohan in surprise court appearance

Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner shook her head when she saw Lindsay Lohan in her courtroom less than a year after warning the actress to stay out of trouble.

But the judge delayed Lohan’s trial on three misdemeanour counts filed after a June car crash.

Lohan appeared in court wearing a black dress and spoke only to confirm that she was changing her attorney.

It was perhaps a surprise to the judge that Lohan had even showed up in court.

Lohan did arrive. But not without apparently being dragged there by way of public court.

On Tuesday celebrity website TMZ reported that Lohan’s new lawyer, Mark Heller, gave her judge documents that said Lohan had an upper respiratory infection and was too sick to fly to Los Angeles to make yesterday’s appearance.

But then hours later celebrity news websites published fresh photos of Lohan shopping and smoking in New York’s SoHo neighbourhood on Saturday, the same day she was supposedly examined for the infection.

Judge Stephanie Sautner said yesterday: “I’m glad to see you’re feeling better.”

Lohan responded quietly: “Thank you.”

Sautner set a Mar 18 trial date and a Mar 1 hearing that Lohan is not required to attend.

Sautner previously sentenced Lohan to jail and house arrest in another case.

However, Sautner is retiring soon and another judge will hear the upcoming trial and any related motions.

Lohan has pleaded not guilty to lying to police, reckless driving and obstructing officers from performing their duties.

Prosecutors in Santa Monica charged her after her sports car crashed into a dump truck in June. Authorities suspect she was lying when she said she wasn’t behind the wheel.

In March, Sautner released Lohan from supervised probation but warned her to stop partying.

The admonition came after the judge conducted several monthly updates with the actress and required her to perform morgue cleanup duty to complete her sentence in a 2007 drunken driving case.

In recent months Lohan has repeatedly been into trouble.

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