Judge: Suspect in Lohan burglary not coerced
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles judge has rejected a move by a woman accused of burglarizing Lindsay Lohan's house to have her statement to police disqualified.
Howard Levy, an attorney for Diana Tamayo, argued that police should have given the woman a Miranda warning, despite Levy being present for the videotaped interview.
Tamayo has pleaded not guilty to felony burglary.
Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler also rejected an argument Friday that Tamayo's statement allegedly acknowledging involvement in the break-in was coerced.
Tamayo spoke to detectives after Levy convinced police to release her from an immigration detention facility. He claimed Tamayo and her family, who were in the country illegally, were threatened.
Detectives denied the accusation. Fidler said it did not seem credible, given the demeanor of Tamayo and Levy during the interview.