In The Media
"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
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