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July 7th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Lohan on Lockdown

From CNN Intern Emily Landrieu:

We all know the story- celebrities getting off the hook for things the rest of us would be thrown in jail for. Well not this time. After slipping past punishment for the past few years, Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation from a 2007 drug case. Lohan addressed the court through tears saying that she takes all responsibility for her actions. She says she was expecting no special treatment by missing her appointments, yet she seemed to have a lot of excuses saying she had work and didn’t understand her probation terms. To add insult to injury, Lohan was sporting a very interesting choice of manicure that featured an expletive on her middle fingernails. Michael Lohan, Lindsay’s father, told Larry King last night that, “jail is harsh for a young lady like Lindsay who doesn’t need jail.”

Do you think Lindsay got the sentence she deserved or was she just another celebrity who got off easy?

Filed under: Anchors • CNN Newsroom • Kyra Phillips • What the...?
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Gael

    It may just save her life. What's not to understand about "go to class"? She is in self induced trouble and needs a place to "chill" without groupies, and parents who want to make life too easy for her. Her crashing and burning, her climbing in and out of bottles and crawling around bathrooms with drugs is a tragedy that did not have to happen.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:05 am |
  2. Marcia

    I believe the young lady got off extremely easy. As an alcoholic myself, and one need not be, the denial and justifications modes are in full display with her. Time for her to get down to business

    July 7, 2010 at 8:11 am |
  3. bmg

    Tough love! Sometimes it's the only thing that works. I agree with Gael, it could be the thing that saves her life.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  4. amy

    I think she finally got what every celebrity deserves.. It's about time a celebrity finally served time for a crime instead of a paltry 84 minutes in jail.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:53 am |
  5. Gary

    I dont think she got off easy ( I would not want to go to jail) but I do think she needs to spend some time behind bars. Maybe it will let her know there are actual consequences and that her "fame" does NOT entitle her to do whatever she wants

    July 7, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  6. Terry

    It's hard to feel sorry for someone who thinks they are above the law. Young famous celebrities are pretty much give a free ride most of the time, it's time they started paying the piper for their own stupidity

    July 7, 2010 at 8:54 am |
  7. Dawn

    I dont feel bad for her.

    At the same time, I do wish her well. She is a human being and I hope all human being end up on a healthy and wise road of life. Thus far, she is and had neither.

    I hope when she feels the rock bottom of it all, she can develope some wise brain cells.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  8. Dan

    What would I have gotten if my behavior in the past was like hers? I am not a celebrity, able to afford the best of attorneys, so I would have likely gotten a year behind bars.
    She got 90 days, and news was reporting this morning she will be hard pressed to serve 25% of that, so she is getting off lucky.
    As far as her dad all of a sudden stating she has a problem. Pathetic. What about prior to yesterday? Where was he prior to her being sentenced?

    July 7, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  9. samuel

    I think she really got off light, inspite of all she has done, The judge could have double it, she really think she is above the law, i am miss movie star, i can do as i maybe now she can see how the resst of the world has to abide by the law..

    July 7, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  10. Morgan J.

    I think she deserved her sentence. All too often celebrities get off with only a slap on the wrist. I think if Lohan hadn't got so used to the idea that she can do whatever she wants without punishment then she wouldn't have been so quick to drink and drive. The sentence not only shows that the judge is not favoring her celebrity status but should also give Lohan a wake up call.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  11. Soozzie

    Hi Kyra. What happened to the old CNN where we used to get the latest new on the wars etc. Lindsy Lohan? Is this CNN or ET? Why does celebrity bad behavior become 'news' and 'who cares?'

    July 7, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  12. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I think this should be an example to other Hollywood spoiled brats that think that money can buy themselves out of trouble that this is a new day and they had better start being good .

    July 7, 2010 at 8:55 am |
  13. Daniel

    Not one knows what happened, or what they would have done in a similar situation. I think you should look at yourself before passing judgment. Would it even be an issue, if not for celebrity status?

    July 7, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  14. Rob

    Throw away the key. I mean seriously I'm tired of Britney and Ms. Lohan, they deserve all of the time they get. If an everyday person violated their probation we would be thrown in jail no questions asked. Why should anything be different for her. I'd say I hope she learns a valuable lesson but I'm sure she won't just like all of the celebrities before her did not. She doesn't know how good she has it.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  15. Joyce Cardwell

    Lindsay is a role model for the youth of America/World. It is good that when she messes up that she take responsible and accept her punishment. This shows the kids that look up to her that if you "play you pay". She should stop whining and grow up.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:56 am |
  16. ed lalgee

    she should have been given the maximum sentence as prescibed by the law!

    July 7, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  17. Corey

    I do not feel sorry for Lindsay at all. Maybe jail will be good for her and she can clean up her act. I wish I had the opportunities that she had. Besides, if she were a young, black, male she would have been looking at more jail time with less chances.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  18. Tom

    When all else fails, Examples must be made.
    Until Examples are made, irrespective of age, offense or social position, nothing will change

    July 7, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  19. Joe

    Too many of the celebrities think the laws don't apply to them and they think they can do whatever they want. It's time they started taking the laws of the land seriously. While Lindsay got a light sentence for her failure to comply with the laws, I think it will give her a little more respect for law and order.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:57 am |
  20. Butch from Southgate

    LIndsay has a serious problem. She has no respect for life, the justice system, people who are trying to help her, or herself. Had I been the judge I would have sentenced her to at least two years in a state prison. After she learns the meaning of the word respect, perhaps she will listen to those around her. Lindsay has voilated the trust of everyone and everything around her. She does not deserve respect and probably deserves a long sentence in the big house. You can not help people who do not want to change. That is what prison is for.

    July 7, 2010 at 8:58 am |
  21. Stella

    I agree that this may save her life! All her partying has made her look older and haggard...we do not even know the toll it has taken on the inside of her body. Hopefully, this will wake her up!

    July 7, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  22. David Bartley

    Lindsay's problems are self-induced, all her own fault, and demand punishment? I don't think you have any experience with mental sickness, Kyra. Or are you just putting on snotty airs as part of your job?

    Anyway, I'm hoping that the 3-month experiment with jail and subsequent rehab will turn Lindsay's life around.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  23. Jesse Warren - Port St. Lucie, FL

    She got off too easy as usual. How many times to we have to see her on TV in one sort of trouble or another and get off with nothing more than having her scolded. Give her the full 6 months and do it without all the TV coverage. That's what she's looking for anyway.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  24. Tricia Newman

    If we dont punish or at least scare these non law obiding celebs then they never learn a lesson beacause they think they can always get away with the same careless behavior. I think the sentence was enough but she should also do some sort of mandatory community service along with rehab. As always great job Kyra!

    Tricia Newman

    July 7, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  25. Trechell

    Kyra, I don't think she received enough time in rehab , besides she had her chance, she broke her probation. This sentence should send a loud message no one is above the law...time to grow up Lindsey, be accountable.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  26. David Hallin

    Lindsey Lohan let her fame go to her head. She believes she is above the law and not subject to the same rules as everyone else. That seems not to be unusual for people who achieve a lot of attention early in life. Fame, wealth and adulation of others are a dangerous mix for someone so immature. The penalty is fair and probably what she needs to get herself back to reality.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:01 am |
  27. John Cavataio

    We need to send Lindsay to the Gulf Coast to help with the shore clean up.
    That will give her a taste of reality

    July 7, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  28. Liz

    I am so tired of celebs thinking they are above the law, She is a junkie and broke the law. Maybe now she will get some help.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  29. David

    It's sad that a lot of these actors and actresses don't have a lot of staying power in there careers, instead of doing some good with it all they seem to do is go into this never ending spiral to the bottom that as we can see only lands the either in jail or in a grave. Very sad, this is the consequence of always having people cater to them and never knowing what is like to be told no, or the truth by family and so call friends that only latch on to you for your power and money.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:02 am |
  30. Ana D

    I agree that Lindsay got what she deserved, but Kyra Philips your tone today made me cringe, it's a little over the top, rich or not, this is a girl that obviously needs help. Let's have some compassion.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  31. Derek

    I think a structured jail cell will do Lindsay a world of good. Instead of "Galavanting" around the planet snubbing her nose at the very commoners she is now going to have to spend 90 days with.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  32. Peter K.

    It's the parents who should be jailed, as they're the ones who failed to instill a proper sense of right and wrong into the kid from the get go.
    But really, it's you, the media, who corroborate and glamorize and perpetuate the behavior by giving them any airtime in the first place. If you didn't continue to follow her every snort, drink, puff and subsequent court dates, Ms. Lohan would simply become a minor footnote has-been in yet another rehab clinic somewhere in west LA in complete anonymity (where she belongs), and we'd be able to focus more on the economy, health care, and things that really matter.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:04 am |
  33. Veronica

    I certainly hope this wakes her up. This just may be the only thing that can. She has no idea how easy self destruction is. I applaud the judge for sentencing her. Maybe young girls will be able to see a healthy role model in her after this.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:05 am |
  34. Jim Cole

    I have two daughters (17 & 19). I have no idea as to the level of involvment Lindsay's father has had in her life. Something tells me that it was not too much. For that, I am sad for her. Also sad (for her) that her appearance has aged 10 years, in the last three.
    However, she needs to GROW UP and be responsible. Absolutely no one has the right to ignore the court on their own. I hope the jail time wakes her up. The road she is currently on will have a short and fatal end. It would be nice if someone close to her acted a bit more selfless and responsible also.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  35. chris

    it's sad that her and the rest of the "famous for nothing" crowd don't understand most of us don't really care about what happens to them with all the real problems going on in this country. it's not real news, millions unemployed, millions lost their benifits more every week because our government plays games and the gulf coast being devastated, our military being killed for nothing. let her sit and see if it changes her

    July 7, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  36. Sherry Slocombe

    Too easy. After she is released, she should have to spend 6 months working for a living in a real job, and living off her paycheck like the rest of us do. This child needs to learn that there is a real world out there that extends beyond he narrow boundaries of her own existence.

    What a waste.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:08 am |
  37. Linda

    I think you people who think she got what she deserves because she is a star are very sad people! You don't care about her health only that she is going to jail! Shame on you all!! Even the news!! If she was a nobody she probably would of had a different out come since she almost had everything completed which she would of by the 15th. Which was her dead line. God bless her and keep her safe! Shame on her Dad also! He just wants to take over her money. What a jerk!!

    July 7, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  38. Mario Cesar Chavez

    Kyra, for your information Lindsay Lohan in principle was not absent from her required meetings with the DUI intervention center. What happened was that she would call and tell the director of the intervention facility that she would not be able to make the meeting on the scheduled day. However, she would show up the next day. She was given permission on several occasions. The judge ruled she did not meet her probitionary status because she did not attended the meetings at the time required. The administrators of the facility where she was going led her to believe she could make-up the scheduled meetings at another day. The reason she missed the scheduled meetings were due to her work and at one time due to his uncles deaath. All in all, in principle she did meet with the probationary requirements, but not in the times and days the court had ruled.

    Lindsay, needs help and the ninety days in jail might due her some good. The ninety days given to her were in sum of thirty days for the first time she was charged and thirty days for the second time she was in court and thirty days for the current violation (not in priciple) of her probationary status.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  39. Charles Solomon

    Bravo!! I'm tired of these Hollywood types thinking the rules don't apply to them.Anyone else would have already been in jail. Just 90 days? chaz827

    July 7, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  40. Drew - Boston

    I think that Lindsay truly needs help, but jail could be a bit much. I feel like she being turned into an example because she is a celebrity. Sure, she may be a "rich starlet" as you so graciously said, but she grew up in front of the camera. Her life, like the rest of ours, isn't perfect. I would have rather have seen 180 days of rehab over 90 days of jail and 90 days of rehab.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:15 am |
  41. Tom

    When all else fails, Examples must be made.
    The judge had no alternative but to sentence
    Lohan and her adolescent mentality that believed:
    "I can do whatever I want, whenever I want", to jail.
    Until Examples are made, irrespective of the
    offense, nothing can, or will, ever change!

    July 7, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  42. Pat

    I think she got off easy. No one is above the law. Drunk driving can kill and the programs mandated by the courts are put in place to not only punish but also to inform. Lindsey showed little to no respect for the law. My 28 year old son recently received a DUI. He has taken full responsibility for his citation. He said he knew better than to drink and drive; he has gone to every meeting required of him; set up a payment plan to pay his fine. I'm very proud of him. Lindsey could learn from people like my son.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  43. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    I bet Lindsy's cell block will be like a room at the Hilton hotel you know good and well she will be seperated from the population and will have special treatment .

    July 7, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  44. B

    90 days is a long time to be held against your will. I challenge anyone to spend 90 days in jail. I think you'll find the experience difficult to describe and difficult to endure.

    People take drugs because they are missing a substantial source of satisfaction. What is she missing? Why would anyone take drugs if life was a wonderful experience?

    Rather, our society is currently imperfect/unbalanced. So imperfect that it causes us to behave irrationally. Every person is irrational to some degree. The imbalance must be addressed.

    If people are really concerned about her well-being, and the effects of her off-balance behavior, their goal should be to find its true source(s). Jail is likely to distract her from that task.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:17 am |
  45. David

    An additional thought: Illegal drug use is the reason for the so called “drug wars” raging in Mexico. The use of such drugs and making it seem glamorous helps to create the high demand here in the U. S. Were it not for the insatiable demand for marijuana, heroin and other illegal stuff that whole market and problem would go away. Lindsey Lohan isn’t solely responsible for that mess, but she is a participant in the demand and has the means for creating it. At some point in their lives everyone who takes an illegal drug made that decision for the first time and there needs to be a consequence. I don’t know the numbers, but lots of money is spent on fighting the drug war and on rehabilitating those who use illegal drugs. It costs the taxpayer billions that could be spent on other critical needs, or just reducing the deficit. For Lindsey, this is an exercise in personal responsibility.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  46. Randy

    The judge made the right move on Lindsey Lohan, she thinks because she is a celebrity that she can always slip and slide with the law and get a spank on the wrist, that have to make an example out of her because she will keep doing the same thing over and over if the law keeps letting her get away with her disrespectful spoiled ways with the law, its time for her do do time and they should make her do the whole 90 days until she learn what respect is, but i blame the law for playing favoritism for celebrities and letting them get away with too much, the law suppose to be for all but as you know man made laws are always twisted for who u are, if that was me i would have been in jail a long time ago serving my whole time no question asked, thank God Jesus isnt like that he has no respect of person his law goes for all whether you like it or believe it or not he dont change for no one. Lohan is a spoil brat and she needs to be punished for her disrespect of the law then she will learn to go to her drug programs.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  47. Lonnie

    All I can think is "Oh-Boo-Hoo. Poor little me." This youngster has flaunted herself via her own disrespect of the law and her own earned consequences thinking she is above the law of all others. She obviously considered herself too important to be controlled by our laws and now she wishes to be allowed to walk away. I say "NO WAY!"
    Pass on this tid-bit, Come to Texas and get 5 very long years in a very harsh prison system with cold and callous women prisoners that will really educate you to life's hard side, for the same conduct and lack of respect.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:24 am |
  48. Amanda

    I agree with Ana D's comment. I think Lindsay Lohan got what she deserved and more importantly, what she needed, but Kyra's tone was positively poisonous and jubilant.

    Sure, it's easy to take pot shots at celebrities but come on, Kyra. This is a young woman still, with two messed up parents who have been enabling her and harming her. Attacking her in this way is unkind.

    July 7, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  49. Silas Kain

    So what! Who cares! I'd like to see a few prosecutors go after the politicians and corporate officers who have fleeced, swindled and sold out America. Lohan gets 90 days for being a brat? Let's give the rest of them 10 years to life.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  50. judyscuba

    Hello? Lindsey? Welcome to the REAL world! I wonder if they'll take her Blackberry away from her? You know, the one whe was using yesterday during court time.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  51. Catherine McKinnon

    Well I think it was unnecessarily harsh. This is something that happened THREE years ago. She has NOT been caught driving under the influence. She has completed the correct number of classes. The only difference is she didn't do them on a set time schedule. Unfortunately, her job isn't a 9 to 5, sit on your behind job. The judge was overly harsh and if she was anyone else, she wouldn't be in jail. The judge wouldn't continue to be taking a personal interest in this case or does this woman take interest in every single case like this? I don't think so.

    As for using comments from her sorry piece of crap father. He's probably the reason she is so screwed up. Why don't you show comments from her mother?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  52. Greg

    I feel about as sorry for Lohan as I felt for Madoff when he got his 50 year vacation behind bars. Hopefuly the time she spends on her 90 day vacation will open her eyes to the fact that she has a drinking problem. Welcome to the REAL world Ms. Lohan. Now its time to get help.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  53. Steve

    Tough. If she had abided by her conditions of probation she wouldn't be in the situation she is in now. She brought it upon herself and deserves to have her little crying act for not acting like an adult and taking responsibility for her own actions.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  54. Jim

    Oh come on, give me a break. Polling your viewers for a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on a court case they are completely unfamiliar with? As a journalist, you should be reporting what happened, not eliciting judgments from ignorant viewers. Try to remember, it's not just entertainment, Kyra. This is a young woman with children, being sent to jail. Your hunger for a victim is just wrong. In general, you people are vultures, circling around the landscape on the lookout for anyone weak. It is clear from expert opinion (Geragos) that the sequential 90-day sentences in jail and in-patient rehab are much more than an ordinary person would face for the same offenses. However, this is not the real issue. The real issue is that CNN has degraded its former journalistic standards to this low. And you are surprised that viewers vote against you in droves, by flipping to another channel.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  55. Mike

    It's about time. But why are they giving her a few weeks before she goes to jail?. Normal people would be in jail now. She should get 6 months for bad behavior.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  56. Erich

    It doesn't matter how much time Lohan does, Two days will be all she needs. Just the 12 hour intake process where she'll be strip searched and made to squat and cough, will horrify her. Jail has an incredibly strong stench of waste, urine and vomit. The air is muggy and thick, and every psychopathic inmate in the cell block will be competing for her attention. If she is confined in protective custody, she'll start with nothing in her cell at all, and eventually earn things like books or magazines. Yes I have been to LA County Jail. They kept me there for 7 months on a probation violation, and all I did was take a poke off a joint.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:16 am |
  57. Tarey

    Please... No More Hardball...

    I don't know why people are so harshly judgmental these days. It's like hardball 'Reality' is the only show in town. Instead of disdain, Kyra, I think compassion is needed here. This girl is in trouble. Celebrities have to maintain this iconic illusion of some impossible perfection and if our humanness shows then the stones fly without question. It is harder to get real help, true compassion from people without a hidden agenda.

    On a human level I am sorry for her that it took this much to make her (hopefully) hit bottom and start changing her life around. I hope she can find true help and get back to making entertaining movies and fulfilling her true calling.

    Robert Downey Jr. did it. Lindsey can too.

    Tarey Wolf

    July 7, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  58. josh

    kyra you are too funny and too honest,lindsey does need to get them roots can we see more of you on cnn tv?

    July 7, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  59. Nancy

    Kyra, you asked the public to weigh in on Lindsey Lohan. Lindsey, like so many other messed up people, is just sad. What is sadder still is a supposed newscaster expressing such judgmental sarcasm! You probably score CNN points for this, but why don’t you leave the snide remarks to the late night comics and put some professionalism in reporting news.

    July 7, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  60. Jane

    Lindsay Lohan demonstrates typical celebrity malaise: bad behavior, lack of character, lack of mindfulness of true social contribution- celebrity malaise that media oulets/CNN daily exploit. How hypocritical to magnify her rarified star status, exploit the non productive fruits of elite entitlement and then conduct survey/polls which contribute in no way to inspiring others to aim higher than generating gossip, chatter and temporary water cooler buzz.
    Why don't you run stories about intelligent, socially minded young people that exemplify models of behavior your viewers can be uplifted by, the labors of human creativity that generate community building, not community bashing. Your comments about, "Miss Thing" are divisive and sophmoric. How about devoting air time to substantive coverage about young people who are actually making a difference, leaving legacies that convert a life's time and energy into useful resources for the next generation. Media reinforced pre-occupation with celebrity maladaptive behaviors only feeds the engines of voyeurism, complacency and empty discourse. The Lindsay Lohans of this fearful, soul-hungry society are legitimized, publicized and harvested by media outlets for ratings-not for seeds of social education or service. There are thousands of Lindsay Lohans who demonstrate the critical need for a new life compass, as all lost and misdirected young people in this confusing world require. Would time be better served by underscoring the development of inner resilience effective coping repertoires and authentic character rather than continual broadcast of adolescent hopelessness?


    July 7, 2010 at 10:58 am |
  61. Mike in Scottsdale

    It is about time the courts protected us from this woman.

    July 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  62. Jeryl

    It's about time. Celebrities should be held to the same standard as anyone else. That's what equality of the law is all about. Celebrities should be held to the standard of "to whom much is given, much more is required."

    July 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  63. Mr. Eister

    Awww poor poor Lindsay. Perhaps next time she will take it more seriously.

    July 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  64. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    Justice is supposed to be blind. All people should be treated equally under the law no matter what their social status is.

    July 8, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  65. Joyce

    She needs to pay the consquences. She needs to do time in jail and also a long rehab until she is dry and clean from alcohol and drugs.

    July 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm |