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"It appeared she was playing to her fans and not to the seriousness of her situation", says L.A.-area attorney Decio Rangel Jr.


The insider adds that Lohan is still looking for a lawyer to replace attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, who quit two days after the ruling. (But former L.A. deputy district attorney Decio Rangel Jr. tells Us that though the case can be appealed, "it is highly unlikely the result would change.")


"Addicts will use anything with alcohol to set it off, so they can say, "Oh, I wasn't drinking. It's my perfume!" Another Lohan strategy: using a paperclip to jam the signal. But L.A. criminal-defense attorney Decio Rangel Jr. notes: "She could go to jail" if caught.


As the police affidavit revealed, Brown texted an apology to a Rihanna assistant nine days after the attack. "That amounts to a confession," Decio Rangel Jr., a former L.A. County deputy DA who specialized in domestic violence cases, tells Us. "It is extremely damning evidence." It all depends, he says, on Rihanna's testimony: "If she says she hit him first, that could very well be the difference whether he spends any time in jail or not."


Former Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney Decio Rangel noted that though Hilton's offenses "were blatant violations," they were regulatory in nature.

"Based upon that, it's a nonviolent offense. It's not the type of situation people generally go to jail for," he said.

"Miss Hilton is benefiting from what many people are benefiting from, which is the overcrowding of the L.A. County jail system," Rangel continued.


A former school board member pleaded no contest Wednesday to molesting a 15-year-old boy whom he picked up after class at Lynwood High School. Errick Rozell Lee, 37, must register as a sex offender and serve three years' probation under terms of the plea agreement, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Decio Rangel Jr. Lee is the director of the Lynwood Chamber of Commerce.

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