Dina Lohan Blames Judge, Defends Lindsay

08/13/2010 AT 08:40 AM EDT

An argumentative Dina Lohan – placing the blame on the judge no longer on the case and staunchly defending the behavior of her daughter Lindsay Lohan – appeared on Friday's Today show, declaring there was nothing wrong with her child.

"I'm not condoning drinking and driving, but she's still paying the price for what she did in 2007," said an often-agitated Dina, 47, referring to Lindsay's two DUI cases from three years ago. As for Lindsay, 24, today, "She's changed," says her mother. "She's grown up considerably."

Asked what accounted for this change, Dina told Today's Matt Lauer, "Age. Living life. Knowing life. Growing up."

For now Lindsay is in inpatient treatment, but the District Attorney's spokeswoman Jane Robison told PEOPLE Thursday she may get released "earlier than the 90 days" ordered.

"It's up to the judge to amend the court order or to send her to a new program. There are no standing court dates in Lohan's case. There would have to be a hearing first to amend the judge's orders," Robison explained.

Attacks on the Judge

Repeatedly accusing Judge Marsha Revel of "going overboard" and "playing hardball" by ordering Lindsay to jail for 90 days (she served 13) and into rehab, Dina said that information will be coming out next week showing that the jurist had to remove herself from the case before she was about to be fired.

Defending Lindsay, who was at the Cannes Film Festival when she was expected in court in Los Angeles for a progress review, Dina said, "She was in [jail] for just missing a couple of classes and was working at the time."

In addition, Dina noted, by Lindsay's being behind bars, "She missed driving classes." The actress also came into personal contact with murderers, said her mother, adding, "She made friends with them."

Pressed about her daughter's problems, Dina said, "That's all propaganda," and called tabloid coverage of Lindsay "pre-orchestrated. You're reading things that are not based on fact."

Unlike Julia Roberts and other stars, said Dina, Lindsay's behavior is unfairly scrutinized. "Her life is magnified. Her life is under a microscope … Lindsay doesn't realize a lot of people are watching her."

Asked if she's been there for her daughter – after a visibly frustrated Lauer first suggested that Dina, ex-husband Michael Lohan and Lindsay's friends "have done nothing to help Lindsay" – Dina said that part of a parent's responsibility is to grant a child her freedom.

"When she was 19 and went out to Los Angeles," said Dina, "I had to let her go." Moving forward, however, Dina said Lindsay will be coming home to New York.

For now, in rehab, "She's great," said Dina. "She's been through a lot."

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