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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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J    

@@41. Guy hits girl girl defends self..Judge charged him with two felonies for a reason people! If a man hit me I wouldn't sit there and take it, I am gonna fight for myself and I am sure this judge made the right call. Lawyers only are out to make money win or lose. They don't give a rats but about their clients.

Posted at 2:24PM on Mar 8th 2009 by CutTheCrap

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ARE YOU ON CRACK TOO?

Chris has not had a chance to tell his side of the story and Rihanna lied to the police who took the first report, that's why she's still with him. A District Attorney said he's seen cases where the victim is so angry and wants revenge that they lie and then want to retract their story later.

You Rihanna fans are so gullible.

1952 days ago
92.

Jill    

That's what a police report is. A report by the victim.

1952 days ago
93.

Alina    

Oh being RICH SUCKS!!!!

1952 days ago
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iLLa    

come on tmz get the graphic photo, just pay them off again
ppl need to see her swollen face

1952 days ago
95.

J    

@@81. Is anyone besides me aware that Chris Brown is up for TWO of Nickeldeon's Kids' Choice Awards? That is so wrong on so many levels. We have to stop the madness people. He can have his day in court. In the meantime, he is NOT a role model for my children. It's a CHILDREN"S AWARD SHOW!!

Posted at 3:43PM on Mar 8th 2009 by Beth

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NEITHER IS SHE, THE LYING BITCH. THEY SHOULD BOTH BE DISQUALIFIED.

1952 days ago
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J    

@ 85. He def needs jail time. I am just puzzled...how can you put someone in a headlock when you are driving and press on their arteries? And how can she text her assistant while receiving a beat-down?

Posted at 3:56PM on Mar 8th 2009 by jill

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SHE IS LYING. AND NOW SHE'S PANICKING BECAUSE HER BOYFRIEND IS GOING TO GO FIND ANOTHER WOMAN TO GRIND ON.

1952 days ago
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diana    

now this really changes stuff around
so, she started it
so it should be her fault
she knows chris will fight back.
loveyouchrisbrown.

1952 days ago
98.

Elle    

This dumba-s started the fight by trying to tell her boyfriend who he could and could not associate with. Then after the fight she takes him back-not because she has children and no resources or protection but just because she's a rich dumba-s. At this point let the rich dumba-s go back to the degenerate and if the she dies she dies.

1952 days ago
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M48    

Mark Garegos thinks hes smart . Why did Chris fled the sceen ? He clearly left her for dead. And where are his burises ? Rihanna is a fool! His attornies will run circles around her for going back to him. And she probably doesnt care.

1952 days ago
100.

J    

@ 108. come on tmz get the graphic photo, just pay them off again
ppl need to see her swollen face

Posted at 5:00PM on Mar 8th 2009 by iLLa

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She beat her self up you pathetic nasty fool

1952 days ago
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leave it natural    

(10. of course he doesn't want to do time those guys will turn him into a whimpering little pu**sy in seconds flat. Chris will come out of prison wearing a mini-skirt and fish nets stockings and he will be happy to do so once they turn him out. Punk azz. - Posted at 1:45PM on Mar 8th 2009 by Jamil)

Why, in a "civilized" place like the USA, do people assume that the normal behaviour in jail would be like that in any third world country? Do you find this acceptable?

1952 days ago
102.

J    

@ 112. Mark Garegos thinks hes smart . Why did Chris fled the sceen ? He clearly left her for dead. And where are his burises ? Rihanna is a fool! His attornies will run circles around her for going back to him. And she probably doesnt care.

Posted at 5:25PM on Mar 8th 2009 by #number
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Buy a dictionary.

And Chris fled because the bitch was beating him up and then beating herself up. She was hitting him in the head not his face and it probably wasnt hard enough to leave marks. We haven't seen any photos of Chris straight after the incident.

Keep trying to find excuses for your big forehead lying Bajan bitch.

1952 days ago
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M48    

Chris brown is also a cheater. And Rihanna has some low self esteem. Let the guy cheat and walk away. Dont try to change him by starting to slap and hit him. Cause look what happen, your the one with the brusies .

1952 days ago
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leave it natural    

(19. Let this woman beater pick up the soap each and every single day in jail. ........ Posted at 2:02PM on Mar 8th 2009 by Alex)
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Why, in a "civilized" place like the USA, do people assume that the normal behaviour in jail should be like that in any third world country? Do you find this acceptable?

1952 days ago
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leave it natural    

(20. Chris Brown needs to go to prison and be taught a lesson. The guys in the pen would tear his bi*tch ass up.....Posted at 2:03PM on Mar 8th 2009 by Import_Mex)
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Why, in a "civilized" place like the USA, do people expect and wish that the jail inmates behave like those in any third world country? Do you find this acceptable?

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