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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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106.

Veronica    

Paris Hilton has to serve 27 days for a DUI in which, luckily, no one was hurt, and this piece of trash wants to walk away with NO jail time! You've got to be kidding me.

1972 days ago
107.

leave it natural    

(43. The problem is with any self defense, YOU CAN'T USE EXCESS FORCE. Its like hitting someone with a slipper and in self defense you shoot them, it doesnt work that way. ...... Posted at 2:29PM on Mar 8th 2009 by Rosario)
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There was a case some years ago, where a Texan shot a Japanese student that was walking in his yard.
That student was invited to a party and walked to the wrong house. The man yelled: "Freeze", the Japanese didn't understand and the man killed him. The Texan was not charged.

1972 days ago
108.

M48    

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.

Posted at 5:32PM on Mar 8th 2009 by terell
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It almost sounds like you were in Chris brown shoes before, or maybe you're just stupid. The fact is we don't leave the place of a crime if we are NOT guilty. We check into hospitals if we have injures.Chris Brown didnt do any. So he cant claim self defense. What is his defense ? The only one I see is he fought her of to get away. But even that is bonkers since neighbors call the police after hearing Ri screaming. I don't blame him for trying to get her back and sending that diamond braclet on her birthday and calling up her assistant to apologise because she is his only hope for avoiding jail time or probation.

1972 days ago
109.

funnyfacefantastic    

I don't believe she assaulted him first and considering the time it has taken for this information to get out - this less likely that this information is true. More likely since this will be a he said, she said criminal case, this is his camps way of trying to lay the foundation for reducing the charges and/or trying to salvage what they can of his public image. I want to see his statements made when he surrendered...if any. Why has his camp not put this info out before now.....I assure you that they would have if it were true.

1972 days ago
110.

EFF SPIN DOCTORS    


Yeah...way to spin this.

She started it...riiiiight. EFF U Spin Doctors.

Your special place in hell is right around the corner..the flames licking for your arrival.

1972 days ago
111.

Law101    

Charles Barkley is in the tent pokie for DUI, Chris Brown wants this pled down to a misdemeanor with NO JAIL TIME...
uhhhh.... whats wrong with this picture...ALOT.....Chris, stop hitting the pipe...idiot...

To all the people talking about who "started" what went down w/ RiRi and Chris...it doesn't matter.
I am in law enforcement and what matters is the end result. He should have stopped the car...got out...and called the cops "if" she was beating on him...then SHE would have went to jail...do you all get it now????

All of you sound like you would be alright with it if a ho was text messaging YOUR man for a "hook up" later on....really???

CONSEQUENCES TO VIOLENCE IS NOT GENDER SPECIFIC.

HE DIDN'T SEEM TO TORE UP ABOUT WHAT HE HAD DONE WHEN HE WAS JET SKIING LAST WEEK...

Mark Geragos might be able to get Chris off since Mr. Geragos is the A-list defense celebrity attorney.
However............... his previous client Scott Peterson didn't get off (Thank God)

If you tell someone.."I'm going to kill you" (Chris said those words to Rihanna)...that is what is called making a terroristic threat...IT IS ILLEGAL.

WHY SHE IS BACK WITH THIS WOMANIZING ABUSER...... I DON'T KNOW....I THINK SHE NEEDS PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING HERSELF.

VIOLENCE IS NEVER OK WHETHER IT IS A MAN OR A WOMAN WHO IS GUILTY OF IT..
AND EACH GENDER SHOULD BE PROSECUTED THE SAME NO MATTER WHAT.

1972 days ago
112.

nikole    

NO NO NO. He needs to do jail time. He needs to know what he did was wrong and he needs some psychological help. Even if Rihanna hit him first, the force he used on her is absolutely unnecessary. If she hit him more than 4 or 5 times where it left him physically in pain and bruised and he tried to constrain her and she kept at it, maybe I could see the reason he got to the point of hitting her. However, it is still, in NO WAY whatsoever, makes it right for him to attack her the way he did. He could have pulled over and gotten out of the car and used some self-control before it got to the point where he bashed her face in the way he did. Its jail for this kid at least for some time. If not I have no faith in the system, and pray that I never get abused by someone I love because I will know that justice most likely will not be served.

1972 days ago
113.

friend    

Ri and CB are going to amuse us all for years to come... thanks for being trashy

1972 days ago
114.

justamom    

I cannot believe this man has no apparent consequences to his actions...no jail time, no fine, AND is still being promoted as a nominee for Kids Choice Awards! Parents and others who care -- contact those involved with the Kids Choice Awards (Nickelodeon's parent company AND sponsors) and let them know how you feel:
Nickelodeon: www.viacom.com
Sponsors -- General Mills Cereal, Hasbro (Nerf), and Warner Brothers movies. If everyone who cares protests, maybe we can make someone hear us. Unfortunately, "money talks," so advertisers need to think they will lose money before they are inspired to do a thing! Otherwise, Chris Brown will go back to "business as usual."

1972 days ago
115.

Disgusting    

So, women are damned if they fight and damned if they don't. It is shocking more abusers aren't killed by women who are pushed too far. It is shocking more women aren't gay. Men are animals and trash, and men continue to make a miserable mess of this world.

U.N. Chief Warns Cost Of Violence Against Women 'Beyond Calculation'
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7014341464

1972 days ago
116.

Angel    

@#140 funnyface, her camp didnt put out any info either. the details came out only on thursday, in the report. it is clear from the report that there were pieces missing, it was not exactly a ball by ball, more like her side of the story.

I think he told her to get out the car because she was hitting and he didnt want to hit her but once he allowed himself to go there, it was a full on bout between the two. he is obviously stronger at 6 2'195, she is 5 9'135. When he told her to get out the car, and she refused, he should have parked up, got out and took a walk until she chilled out.

what a mess.

1972 days ago
117.

Leota    

Look at the atty he has; The King of Plea Deals. We expected this to happen didn't we?

1972 days ago
118.

Alexis    

that's crazy I used to be obessed with chris brown but not anymore. I dropped him cause that's the worst thing you could ever do is beat a woman

1972 days ago
119.

roncee    

No way this clown should get off without jail time. Three to five with parole after eighteen months available for good behavior at a minimum. He needs to have his attitude corrected big time! Rhianna is lucky she was able to get out of the throttling headlock he had her in or she would be dead now.

1972 days ago
120.

ASF    

Some of these comments are so hypocritical and so self righteous. Chris was wrong. Rihanna was wrong, point blank. The fact that he did try to get her out of the car when it was stopped - puts him a step up in my book. If she was telling the truth to the police - why would she want to ride in the car with a man that had 'abused ' her before???Does that make sense to any of you. She had a cell phone and plenty of security and asisstants to call. Seems to me she wanted to stay in the car, aggravate the hell out of Chris, beat him with her 'Stelleto' so once source is reporting. And then he's the one that faces jail because he is the stronger sex. No, as a true believer in my equal rights - I want equal pay, I want equal fairness in the justice system - because I am the weaker sex, if I am going to fight a man - I will be trained an prepared. I'm not going to wail on a man, especially while he's driving and then cry ABUSE. This is ridiculous and has wasted too much of our time and their talents - please get back to making great music and movies - both of them. And be around some positive couples liek Will and Jada to see how a relationship survives under the celeb pressures..Let's move on.

1972 days ago
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