LOS ANGELES – A judge refused Friday to delay Lindsay Lohans trial on reckless driving and other charges and admonished her attorney, saying the lawyer needs help on the case.
Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney advised New York lawyer Mark Heller that his pleadings werent appropriate under California law.
Heller was told to get assistance from another attorney or Lohan would be required to attend hearings to gauge his ability to represent her.
The actress wasnt obligated to attend Fridays hearing. Heller said after the hearing that while his motions didnt conform to California law, he was simply trying to protect Lohans rights and would continue to do so.
Dabney also said there was no good reason to delay the March 18 trial, noting that he was skeptical that more time would allow Lohan to demonstrate she had changed after years of run-ins with the law.
Heller had sought a delay as he works with prosecutors to reach a plea deal that could allow Lohan to pursue inspirational speaking or other community service.
– Associated Press