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Chris Brown's New Mystery Court Hearing

3/12/2009 5:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Brown, RihannaChris Brown's lawyer, Mark Geragos, has requested an unscheduled hearing even before Brown's arraignment in the alleged beating of Rihanna -- and it has to do with Rihanna testifying in the case -- or not testifying!

We've learned the case has been officially moved to L.A. County Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg. She's the judge who signed the search warrant in the case.

The hearing is set for March 23. It will take place in Judge Schnegg's chambers. Prosecutors will join Geragos but Chris Brown will not be present.

Geragos is the one who requested the meeting. We know it involves Rihanna's possible testimony in the case. Will Geragos ask the judge to block prosecutors from calling Rihanna or limiting her testimony? We don't know for sure.

We do know the meeting has nothing to do with a plea bargain.

The arraignment is still set for April 6.

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16.

jb    

the judge during this hearing will decide what testimony Rihanna will be compelled to give, which will in turn help prosecutors decide if the charges as they are now will remain the same - prior to the April 6th arraignment.

Which was Gerago's whole reasoning behind getting an extension on the arraignment. Extension=time for Chris to work on Rihanna.

Only thing is, the prosecutors see 100s of these types of cases every week - and the judge knows damn well what defense attys will try to pull to get charges reduced.

It'll be up to the judge and prosecutors to decide if the case is strong enough without Rihanna's testimony.

I think it is.

1987 days ago
17.

GGG    

Marriage or no marriage, domestic assault in California is treated as a crime against the state and even without Rihanna's consent or cooperation charges could be laid. A marriage after the fact also won't stop Rihanna from being compelled to testify as spousal privilege is not retroactive.


Spousal privilege applies to knowledge that is attained due to the free communication between husband and wife, or to the ability of the courts to force spousal testimony in civil cases or certain types of criminal charges.


Chris Brown and Rihanna were not husband and wife at the time of the alleged domestic assault and as such, if they have since married, privilege would not apply in the first recognition.

It would also not apply in the second recognition, compelling spousal testimony, as Rihanna is the alleged victim in this case. Privilege can not be invoked to avoid testifying when the charge relates to crimes against person or property.

1987 days ago
18.

Real People    

This Beating is all over the News shows INCLUDING Larry King. I think the judge knows this. RiRi may let it go.......... America wont. The Judge NEEDS to prosecute in this case.

1987 days ago
19.

pk    

I AM SO TIRED OF HEARING ABOUT BEAT HER DOWN BROWN. STOP GIVING THIS A-HOLE JERK WAD NO BODY DON'T CARE IF HE COMMITS SUICIDE ATTENTION!
CHRIST AM I TIRED OF YOUR GIVIMG HIM ATTENTION STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1987 days ago
20.

Cedric Winston    

I mean this is honestly not news. If the woman likes it everyone else should love it. Its not your daughter. and if it was if she wanted to be with her attacker what could you do beside drive your child to him by trying to block the relationship. She is going to have to wise up on her own. Society should stop trying to police peoples lives.

1987 days ago
21.

TMZFAN#1    

GERAGOS IS PROBABLY GOING TO SLIP A GRIP A CASH TO THE JUDGE, UNDER THE TABLE OF COURSE. I'M SURE OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM IS ENGULFED IN CORRUPTION. WHY DO YOU THINK CELEBRITIES ALWAYS GET THE EASY WAY OUT? BECAUSE THEY HAVE MORE BENJAMINS THAN YOU OR ME.

1987 days ago
22.

Tera    

You can hate on him here: rihannadontdoit.com !

1987 days ago
23.

Tera    

1987 days ago
24.

shoobydoo    

I feel bad for her that she has such little self worth that she would even consider being with him again. He's a typical lowlife criminal. How could she possibly think he loves her? YOU DON'T BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF SOMEONE YOU LOVE. As Oprah said, he will hit her again, I hope he doesn't kill her......She has an awesome voice.....I hope she finds courage and strength to move ahead.

1987 days ago
25.

jean    

Both of them are just plain sick losers and need to fade away!

1987 days ago
26.

Angel    

#14, protectkidz, i didnt know the judge could decide what she could or should say, i thought once she is called they could ask her anything and that all the testimony was admissible.

ISince you seem to have some legal knowledge, let me ask this, If she does not testify and the stories about her prior abuse to him and her striking blows on him several times before he retaliated and during the fight are true, would that weaken the case at all or is it judged strictly by who has more scars and cuts?

1987 days ago
27.

The fact    

Totally agree with #23 #14 dont know nothing if Rihanna testify she allow to say what ever she wants.Which i know Rihanna wont.

1987 days ago
28.

Town Business    

Hey word on the streets out here in the Bay is that Rihanna gave Chris Brown a gift he can't give back. H e r p e s! Dem say it had nothing to do with a "booty call" This might be information that they don't want Rihanna to go public with. Who knows???

1987 days ago
29.

TommyGee    

Well, from the photos that were leaked online of Rihanna, I would say that she should testify against Brown if she was smart and end her relationship with him. Rihanna even stated that this is not the first time this had happened & being in a abusive relationship will only get worst, which she did mention that also. I hope that Chris Brown does some serious time and is put behind bars for a long time.

1987 days ago
30.

Angel    

Bajan girl, when you say she wont say whatever she want, wha you mean? BTW, I'm a trini girl. nice to talk to my fellow West indian

1987 days ago
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