Exclusive Interview, Stuart Slotnick talks Lindsay Lohan
NY criminal defense attorney, Stuart Slotnick, has extensive experience in criminal court as a Managing Partner at the renowned litigation firm Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. There, he works alongside his father and acclaimed defense attorney, Barry Slotnick. Recently, I had a chance to speak with him about a few of Hollywood’s finest, including Lindsay Lohan. On the topic of conversation was the selling of the jewelry store surveillance video, which Slotnick says will benefit Lilo’s case.
Check out everything Slotnick has to say about it all after the jump!
SLOTNICK: It’s really going to help Lindsay. As part of her original defense I would have expected her to say this is a PR stunt by the jewelry store. It looks like they’re trying to capitalize on the situation. They’re trying to get money and they’re trying to et as much PRout of [this] as they can. This is really harmful to the owner’s credibility. This is a good break for Lohan and may make the prosecutor second think their case and maybe offer a deal that would not include jail… of course if she wins this case outright, she’s not going to jail. The actions of selling this tape have increased her chances of being found guilty.
STELLA: There are rumors that representatives of the store contacted Lindsay’s attorney to ensure that the surveillance tape stayed under wraps. If this can be proven, what are the implications?
SLOTNICK: If it can be shown that they did so in an attempt to make the sale of the tape more valuable, it will further undermine the credibility of the store owners.
STELLA: If this has indeed been an elaborate rouse on the part of the store, could they face legal charges themselves?
SLOTNICK: There’s no general rule.
STELLA: Does Lindsay have grounds for a civil lawsuit against the store given the sale of the tape?
SLOTNICK: Yes, falsely reporting an incident and a suit for malicious prosecution by Lohan against the store.
I wonder if Lindsay’s lawyers are thinking along those same lines- a little grateful that the store decided to sell the tape- given that she pretty much rejected a plea deal on Thursday that included jail time. Of course, prosecutors seem pretty confident still, given that they decided to give her 2 weeks to reconsider.
I’d like to thank Stuart Slotnick for sharing his thoughts on the matter.
I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see how this all plays out in court. WDYT?