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Brown Wants Misdemeanor Plea, No Jail Time

3/9/2009 6:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown ExclusiveSources tell TMZ Chris Brown would cop a plea, but only to a misdemeanor and with no jail time. After we broke the story yesterday AM it has triggered a passionate public reaction.

We're told Brown's people have consulted with outside legal eagles -- including law school professors -- who have said Rihanna's own aggressiveness takes it out of the felony category. Sources say Rihanna was the first one to strike -- slapping and striking Brown "numerous times" while he was drivΩing, after seeing the text message from another woman. And Rihanna was fighting Brown as he punched and hurt her. We're told much of this is reflected in the official police report based on what Rihanna told cops. As a result, they say, this is not a case that demands a felony plea.

On the other side, there are plenty of cases in which the woman engages the man in a fight but the jury convicts the male because it was an unfair fight and the man could have walked away. The photographs of Rihanna -- the most graphic of which have not been seen by the public -- demonstrate Brown's superior strength. Add to that the fact that Brown had no significant injuries and it presents problems for him.

Perhaps worse for Brown, sources tell TMZ Rihanna told cops he had beaten her before and the violence had been escalating.

And there's this. According to the detective's note filed with the search warrant papers, Brown sent a text message to Rihanna's assistant in which he apologized for what he had done to Rihanna and said he was getting help. That would be admissible in court and extremely damaging -- as a legal admission.

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391.

Oscar in Miami Beach    


He's going to get scot free.He's BLACK,RICH and a RAPPER.They are above the law specially in California.He'll pay the judge and everybody else in the Court.If you are BLACK and RICH you can get away with everything including murder.Case in point Donte Stallworth, BLACK,RICH and FOORBALL PLAYER that killed the LATIN,POOR,HARDWORKING Mario Reyes in Miami Beach and what has happened to this case.NOTHING.Although the BLACK,RICH,FOOTBALL PLAYER was drunk (0.124) and was speeding.So get it people if you are BLACK and RICH you do not pay for your crimes.WELCOME TO THE USA 21st CENTURY.

1954 days ago
392.

Timmmay    

Because the man can walk away from her abuse?!?! Excuse me?!?! There are COUNTLESS times to where I've seen my neighbor, a friend, a co-worker deal with an abusive wife or girlfriend. To which the man is literally TRAPPED inside his own home. He pushed her away from him due to her beating him with a baseball bat!! Yet, since he PUSHED HER away, only to protect himself from HER ABUSE, it was at that point considered HIM ABUSING HER??? I've known few gentlemen that called police due to the physical assaults perpetrated by their wives. What happened? The MEN GOT ARRESTED, and jailed! Not the ABUSER. Men are NOT taken seriously, men are emasculated when trying to do the right thing, and that is to REPORT that abuse by their wives and girlfriends. Another is to call police(but then subjected to possible arrest simply due to gender). Even studies from CDC, & DHHS clearly prove that vast majority of domestic violence is started out by the woman attacking the man, physically. Why are facts falling on deaf ears? We are intelligent, are we not?

1952 days ago
393.

MzApril0425    

Unfortunately for Chris, that's probably not going to make the charges go away. Police claim that, on the scene of the incident, Rihanna identified Chris Brown as the man who assaulted her. Additionally, police have physical evidence. MediaTakeOut.com can OFFICIALLY CONFIRM that Rihanna's face and arm were severely bruised in the incident and CHRIS BROWN SUFFERED FROM MINOR BRUISING AS WELL!!! So all the people on here stating that Chris had no visible evidence, here is your proof. The psycho girl started the entire fight but now because he hit her back (which most women don't expect to happen); she wants to cry victim. PLEASE!!!!

1951 days ago
394.

yb100    

yeah no jail-time cause his bitch ass will get raped real quick
because guys don't like wife-beaters in jail you get yo ass whooped for that.

1951 days ago
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