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Lohan's mother lashes trial judge

Lindsay Lohan's mother says the actress will be moving away from California and back to New York after she gets out of drug rehabilitation.

Dina Lohan, during an often tense interview yesterday, said her daughter was doing "wonderfully" after 14 days in jail and lashed out at California Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel, who put the actress there.

"She's great," Lohan said. "She's been through a lot. The judge played hardball. Lindsay was in with alleged murderers and she's become friends with a lot of them."

Lohan served 14 days of a 90-day jail sentence for violating her probation in a 2007 drug case. She was sent to a UCLA drug rehab facility for a court-mandated three-month treatment, and her mother said she'd be out soon.

Revel removed herself from Lohan's case this week after a prosecutor complained she improperly contacted experts or participants in the case.

Interviewer Matt Lauer noted that there were some observers who thought the 24-year-old actress had this coming to her because of bad behaviour.

"I think that's all propaganda and what people are reading," she told him. "As you know, you're in the business of entertainment, so I think a lot of it is pre-orchestrated and you're reading things that are not based on fact."

Lauer also asked her about a belief that her daughter was not well-served by those around her, including her parents.

"As a parent, you have to let her go a little bit," she said. "When she went out to Los Angeles when she was 19, I had to let her go and let her live and fall and fail and survive. Without failure, there's no success. I was there in close proximity, but you can't make your child not go out and go to a club and not get behind the wheel of a car."

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