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Lindsay Lohan sentenced to jail

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7 July 2010

The Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. A judge in California ruled that she had violated probation, following a drug case three years ago.

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Peter Bowes

Lindsay Lohan arrives at court

Lindsay Lohan arrives at court

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In 2007 Lindsay Lohan pleaded guilty to two counts of being under the influence of cocaine and no contest to two drunk driving charges.

She went to jail but spent only 84 minutes behind bars. She was also ordered to complete a series of alcohol education courses.

But she failed to do them on time and missed a number of meetings. When the judge announced that she was now sentencing Lohan to 90 days in jail, the actress burst into tears.

She isn't required to go to jail until July 20th but when she's released she'll have to enter an inpatient rehabilitation programme.

Peter Bowes, BBC News, Los Angeles

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pleaded guilty

admitted to

under the influence of

intoxicated by

no contest

a legal plea where someone neither admits guilt nor claims innocence of the charges

drunk driving

driving a car after having consumed too much alcohol

behind bars

in prison

alcohol education courses

classes which teach and advise about the use and misuse of alcohol

on time

at the expected hour

sentencing

imposing a punishment

burst into tears

started crying

inpatient rehabilitation programme

a course to help people rejoin society after receiving medical care

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