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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Lohan judge recuses herself from case


Lohan judge recuses herself from case

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The judge who sent Lindsay Lohan to jail has removed herself from the case after a prosecutor complained she improperly contacted experts or participants in the case privately, including a rehabilitation facility, officials said Wednesday.

Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel recused herself Friday, court spokesman Allan Parachini and district attorney's office spokeswoman Jane Robison said.

Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox is now handling the Lohan case.

Police: Fantasia overdose a suicide attempt

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Police said they believed they were responding to a suicide attempt after ''American Idol'' winner Fantasia overdosed on a bottle of asprin at her Charlotte, N.C., home.

A police report released Wednesday said Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers believed Fantasia may have suffered internal injuries Monday night from an overdose. The report didn't indicate why they thought that.

The singer's manager, Brian Dickens, said Wednesday the overdose was not a suicide attempt but didn't elaborate. Dickens said Fantasia was still hospitalized Wednesday.

Rip Torn denied probation in bank break-in

LITCHFIELD, Conn. -- Rip Torn's request for a probation program was rejected Wednesday by a judge who kept criminal charges in place against the Emmy-winning actor accused of breaking into a bank while drunk and armed in January.

One charge carries a mandatory year in prison, though Torn's attorney said they would seek a plea deal..

Torn has pleaded not guilty to trespassing, carrying a weapon while intoxicated, carrying a weapon without a permit and criminal mischief.