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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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31.

Amanda    

Shoo-he has not a mark on him and she was visibly beaten and choked unconscious, life verbally threatened. NO EXCUSE FOR ANY MAN TO DO THAT!

2055 days ago
32.

Rosario    

@thetruth willset youfree
The problem is with any self defense, you cant use excess force. Its like hitting someone with a slipper and in self defense you shoot them, it doesnt work that way. What the courts are going to say is that Chris Brown had the strength to hold her back or not use the strength he did. Even if Rihanna was violent, unless she grabbed something to hit him with then he has no excuse for what he did to her,

2055 days ago
33.

sandy    

well their days of squeaky image is over. if she thinks for a second it won't happen again, she's wrong, wrong, wrong. especially since she's shown herself to be an instigator. I have yet to meet a guy that won't go ballistic when he's attacked.

oh well, she was warned. I guess this is one of those Darwin moments.

2055 days ago
34.

CDM    

HOW COULD CHRIS BROWN WAL AWAY IF HE WAS DRIVING. SHE COULD HAVE MADE HIM HAVE AN ACCIDENT. IF HE HIT HER, HE WAS TRYING TO GET HER OF HIM WHILE DRIVING.

I BLAME RHIANNA. SHE HIT FIRST.

SORRY HE BEAT HER LIKE THAT. SHE SHOULD HAVE WALKED AWAY.

SHE IS NOT INNOCENT IN ALL THIS.

2055 days ago
35.

pat    

why keep talking about these two.tmz you know the truth of the story.i guess they can't let the people know the real truth cuz she going to be looking dumm

2055 days ago
36.

jeff    

Rihanna should be the one to go to jail, she attacked him first.The time has come where the woman needs to take the heat
for their selfish, vicious and parasitic nature!!!.

2055 days ago
37.

Jill    

No way. Geragos can't take this case to a jury, and he knows it. He's trying to scare the DA into a STUPID deal. Forget it! This two bit THUG went out PARTYING the night after court. He WAS NOT at any business meeting until 3:45 a.m. That is admissible, as is the evidence the THUG waited NINE DAYS to apologize. Don't drop the soap in PRISON thug.

2055 days ago
38.

Linda Mott    

She needs some serious counselling. He needs some serious jailtime.

2055 days ago
39.

sandy    

I'm sorry, but it's not self-defense. He was driving and could easily have pulled the car over and gotten out himself. He's a turd and she's a turd enabler.

2055 days ago
40.

Red Mercury    

If she started hitting him first, you gotta wonder why she was not charged with assault. Maybe a bit of a sexist double-standard???

2055 days ago
41.

basicsense    

This is ridiculous. Why would any lawyer consult with "legal eagles" to know if an act is a felony or a misdemeanour ? A first year student could answer that question simply by analyzing the former decisions of the judge who will be in charge of the case. This is a false information probably advertised by Brown side to make him look more like a victim. I don't know what his degree of guilt is. This story doesn't really interest me. What irritate me is disinformation.

2055 days ago
42.

A-Mind-of-My-Own    

This coward will get no jail time. A slap on the wrist, with probation and maybe some anger management classes is all he will likely get. He deserves to go to jail, whether Rihanna struck him first or not. I am sure he didn't look bruised, bitten, and bloody like she did. He sucks!

Some legal analyst said if Rihanna didn't testify against him, that the charges would be dropped, or the case dismissed. She won't testify against him. They are back together and she is an IDIOT!

2055 days ago
43.

Ace    

Should read "Public demands felony conviction, long sentence, no early release and no further contact with Rihanna"

2055 days ago
44.

Himbo    

"it was an unfair fight and the man could have walked away."

Okay people let me ask you this. As a guy I know if I CHOOSE to hit another guy I take the risk of getting my ass beat. Here's a rule to live by, "don't hit somebody bigger than you who can kick the crap out of you". Choices have consequences. She is wrong for hitting him and he is WRONG for reacting in the same manner. But come on what is this crap that I see on television, movies, media. That a women can hit, kick, scratch, bite, etc any man she wants without the risk of it coming back on her. Total BS.

2055 days ago
45.

Beat Down Brown is Going Down    

Hold it. Other considerations: Rihanna did not want to be alone with Chris that night. She wanted them to go in a group in a limo and he insisted on driving the rented Lamborghini. They had been arguing since Friday. She also has a statement with the police that he has been "increasingly more violent" and there are pictures of her with bruise marks on her neck a few weeks earlier from him choking her.( She is a singer. Choking her is not good for her voice.) So there is a PATTERN of violence. The criminal justice system looks at that. He has no police record. If they consider all the evidence and the statements, they might offer him a reduced sentence on a FELONY with minimum jail time. But I think they want to start a record for him, because he is a batterer. BTW: ALL woman beaters say it's someone else is at fault. All beaters say "She started it!" If that is his song, he clearly is not taking responsibility and he is set in his own mind that he is untouchable. Very arrogant. Also keep in mind: This is a man who works out with weights, who is famously into martial arts, and he has a black belt. Also, she curled into a ball in her seat and has bruises on her arms to show for it. She was bitten ON HER EAR. Chris has not a mark on him. He has no defensive wounds. And her assistant told the police the only question he asked after she told him a neighbor called the cops and Rihanna was with the police, is , "Did she give them my name?" I hope they fry his ass. I hope they are firm. Since he has no record, I would accept the fact realistically, that they will probably reduce his sentence. But they better not reduce the charge to a misdimeanor. He needs to have a sheet started on him. Because it is very clear from the hospital and the police report that he could have killed her and he will probably kill her or someone else if he is not stopped cold in his tracks right now and required to go to therapy. So I would sentence him to 6 months, then probation with the stipulation he goes to therapy for the next two years. He would also have to undergo re-evaluation and make progress reports every two months. Rihanna should also get some damned counselling. Listen to Oprah , girl!

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