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Judges in Lohan DUI Case Face Reprimand

Shawn Chapman Holley, Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan, right, alongside her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley are seen during a progress report session at the Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 in Los Angeles. A judge says Lindsay Lohan is doing well under her strict new probation routine of counseling and working at the county morgue. Lohan remains on probation for a 2007 drunken driving and a grand theft case filed earlier this year. (AP Photo/Michael Nelson, Pool)
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Lindsay Lohan, right, alongside her attorney Shawn Chapman Holley are seen during a progress report session at the Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Nelson, Pool)

A California oversight panel has reportedly reprimanded two Beverly Hills judges after reviewing their conduct in actress Lindsay Lohan’s drunken driving case.

The California Commission on Judicial Performance cited judges Marsha Revel and Elden Fox for committing legal errors during the 2010 DUI case, according to documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Revel is said to have acted unethically by holding a closed discussion with former O.J. Simpson lawyer, Robert Shapiro, who was representing Lohan at the time, in to her chambers without the prosecutor being present.

Fox faces reprimand for denying Lohan bail, an option usually denied to a person who is wanted, or convicted of murder or rape. The decision was overturned by another judge the same day. Fox has also been criticized for his refusal to hear Lohan’s lawyer’s argument.

The complaints were issued by Los Angeles County Court spokesman Allan Parachini who believes the judges acted unprofessionally “due, in part, to the reality that many judges get caught up in celebrity litigation and part company with their experience and common sense,” he said in a letter to the Commission.

Both judges have received advisory letters, the lowest form of disciplinary action, from the commission, but will not lose their jobs over the incidents.

Revel did not respond questions, and Elden refused to comment.

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