Only in Hollywood: Lindsay Lohan's lawyer is asking a judge to delay her trial because people hate her. Seriously, he claims she can't get a fair shake with a jury.
Ed McPherson represents Lindsay in the civil lawsuit in which people allege that she terrorized them during a wild, drunken Pacific Coast Highway joyride in 2007.
This is the same incident for which Lindsay received a DUI, and which she is now on probation (and free on bail, and wearing a SCRAM device) as a result of.
Her attorney says the recent ankle monitor debacle is exactly why the civil lawsuit must be postponed - 'cause everyone wants her to crash and burn so bad!
According to McPherson, "Every facet of the criminal proceeding and every facet of Ms. Lohan's life ... have been reported on TMZ and other media outlets."
Are THG, TMZ and our ilk biasing jurors against Linds?
Saying this occurs "literally on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis, there are current widespread public feelings of intense negativity against Ms. Lohan."
Referencing comments left on celebrity gossip sites, some of which are quite foul, McPherson says it's highly likely the jury pool will be tainted against her.
Since jury trials are not held anonymously and on message boards, he may be reaching a little bit there. But he does make another, more valid argument.
Since Lindsay could end up in jail for six months if the judge in her criminal case rules she violated her probation, the civil suit should be delayed, he says.
It won't be. The judge in the civil case already denied Lindsay's motion to postpone, though the issue may be revisited at her probation hearing on July 6.
NOTE: If you don't recall the incident she's being sued over, you gotta read this.