Or was the sentence unduly harsh, making an example of a high-profile defendant? A canny picture editor had zoomed in on Lohan's middle finger, which she had pressed anxiously to her lips and swivelled towards the judge throughout the hearing.
There, inked in black letters on a pastel swirl of varnish, was Lohan's own verdict: "Fuck u".
There have been spats with Hollywood it-girls, family feuds and an exhaustively documented on-off romance with the DJ Samantha Ronson.
This week, the Hollywood actress celebrated her 24th birthday in a Beverly Hills court where she was sentenced to 90 days in prison for violating her probation.
creative, a bit of a night-owl, I'm a workaholic, a shopaholic, and according to the State of California, an alcoholic, and a threat to all security guards if they work in hotels."Hitting back at chatter that she had no money, she said: "To put all those rumours to rest, I am not broke, I actually have over 0 in the bank and over 20,000 Marlboro miles, which I'm very proud of."Nights out, she promised, would consist of crashing "a few parties, a car or two, but at the end of the day I promise you: I never lose my Google hits – just my underwear."Robin Roberts, the anchorman for ABC news, said of the two minute mock personal: "It's not just getting laughs, it may get her career back on track."Lohan is following in what is becoming a fairly well-trodden path of celebrities using Funny Or Die to make a point while bypassing traditional media.
Set up two years ago by Will Ferrell, the comic actor, it has become established as an essential part of the Hollywood landscape.
"I'm an actress, model, entrepreneur and I've single-handedly kept 90 per cent of all gossip websites in business," she simpered.
"And I never lose my Google hits – only my underwear." The only thing Lohan hasn't done in the past six months is a film.
The advert promotes individually tailored insurance coverage, which – the brand insists – doesn't generalise about its customers. Companies paid up to a record .5 million for 30 seconds during the game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.