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Judge Marsha Revel Removes Herself From Lohan Case

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By Tanya Roth, Esq. on August 12, 2010 10:14 AM

The unbelievably patient Judge Marsha Revel will no longer be overseeing the legal soap opera that is the Lindsay Lohan case for drunk driving and probation violation. Judge Revel recused herself after a meeting with attorneys in the case on Friday, August 6. During the meeting, Judge Revel faced allegations that she had improperly contacted experts and other participants in the case without giving prior notice to the attorneys representing either the state, or Lohan.

According to a report by FoxNews, the main issue spuring the recusal was that Judge Revel contacted the Morningside Recovery rehab facility. She then selected them as the rehab Lohan would be assigned to after leaving jail. Morningside was reportedly not on the list of facilities for consideration put together by the court-appointed experts.

While one might assume that it would be Lohan attorney Shaw Holley Chapman who sought to remove Judge Marsha Revel, it was actually prosecutor Danette Meyers. A motion for recusal of a judge can occur when there is a need for the judge disqualify herself from a case due to personal prejudice, conflict of interest, or some other reason that would affect the judge's ability to adjudicate the case with fairness and impartiality. A motion can be filed by one of the parties, or can be made by the judge herself.

In this case, the motion may have been discussed during the Friday meeting, but the judge herself acted before formal papers could be filed. According to USAToday, Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox will be overseeing the Lohan case from this point forward. In yet another illustration of her ability to wreak havoc on the Los Angeles court system, Miss Lindsay was not sent to the rehab facility Judge Revel choose. Lohan will be attending the rehab of her choice, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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