Marsha Revel, the Beverly Hills judge notoriously unmoved by Lindsay Lohan’s nonsense and who threw her in jail last month, is stepping down from the case.
Revel recused herself Friday after the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office objected to meetings between the judge and defense attorneys in the case.
Prosecutor Danette Meyers raised the issue at a meeting between her, Revel and Lohan’s defense attorney Shawn Chapman Holley, according to the L.A. Times.
Before prosecutors could file to request the change, Revel stepped aside, court spokesman Allan Parachini confirmed. Judge Elden Fox has taken her place.
The judge’s contact with defense lawyers as well as others, such as the Morningside Recovery drug and alcohol treatment center, were the source of conflict.
It is unclear how or why this contact was inappropriate.
After Lohan’s release from the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, she was taken to the neuropsychiatric ward at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
There, she will receive three months of rehab.
The change of judges marks the latest twist in a drama in which Revel had gone toe-to-toe with Lohan frequently and taken center stage along with the actress.
Last month, Revel dressed down the troubled star for repeatedly lying about her role in two drunken-driving related incidents within months of each other in 2007, and then failing to attend alcohol education classes as part of her probation.
“I’m not taking this as a joke,” Lohan told the judge at the July 6 hearing before Revel. “I take responsibility for my actions. I’ve tried to do the best I can. It’s been such a long haul, I don’t want you to think that I don’t respect you.”
The whole fingernail display didn’t help that argument.