Once again, Lindsay Lohan is without a lawyer. On Monday, just one day before Lohan was scheduled to report for a 90-day jail sentence, former O.J. Simpson attorney Robert Shapiro stepped down from representing the troubled actress, four days after agreeing to take the case.
According to KTLA, Shapiro and Lohan, 24, had an emergency meeting with Judge Marsha Revel late Monday afternoon in which Shapiro announced his resignation. The prosecutor in the case was not present for the meeting, and Shapiro did not say why he was quitting. Before stepping down, Shapiro had publicly stated that he would only represent Lohan if she agreed to go to jail instead of trying to appeal her sentence — and if she followed his instructions.
Prior to Shapiro taking the case, Chicago attorney Stuart V. Goldberg met with Lohan and her family to discuss representing the "Mean Girls" star but declined, saying the actress was a "fragile, lost child" who didn't seem aware of the gravity of her situation.
Lohan's original attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, resigned her position shortly after the former child star's sentencing. But KTLA reported on Monday that court records indicate that while Shapiro has been representing Lohan for the past few days, Holley never officially signed the substitution of attorney form, which means she is still the attorney of record for Lohan. Holley could not be reached for comment at press time, but KTLA reported that the attorney resigned after she learned that Lohan was "shopping" for a different lawyer.
RadarOnline, citing unnamed sources close to the star, said that Holley will indeed be beside Lohan on Tuesday morning (July 20) when she submits to begin serving her sentence.
Lohan has been staying at the Pickford Lofts sober-living facility for the past five days and reportedly checked out on Monday. The Lofts were founded by Shapiro after his son, Brent, died of a drug overdose. Radar speculated that Shapiro's abrupt resignation, which coincided with Lohan checking out of the Lofts, might have signaled that the actress was going to try a last-ditch appeal to her jail term.
Radar also reported that the district attorney in the case issued a stern warning to Lohan's legal team about a possible appeal. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers reportedly told the site that she would object to any move to send Lohan to rehab instead of jail. "I have two things to say about that, first, she had done an in-patient rehab program before — and it didn't work," Meyers said. "Secondly, Judge Revel has already sentenced her. She needs to do the time. Jail is the only thing that is going to get her attention."
Though sentenced to 90 days, Lohan is likely to only serve around 25 percent of her time, or 23 days, due to overcrowding. Following jail, she has been ordered to spend 90 days in in-patient rehab.