UPDATE: After leaving DC Chris Brown met with his LA attorney and the next thing you know he is in rehab for anger management. Looks like he knows he violated and is headed for the jailhouse and this is a last ditch attempt to reduce or remove the possibility of serious time.
MORE UPDATES BELOW!:
There all sorts of hullabaloo going on at the court room in DC where Chris Brown is expected to make an appearance before the judge. First of all Trey Songz is there throwing a hissy fit about not being let in screaming at a US Marshall. Several members of Chris Browns family and entourage are yelling at the police. Extra security has been called in to monitor the hallway. The courtroom is packed and the judge is asking for a larger courtroom to accomodate the reporters and Chris Brown’s supporters.
Chris was set for a 3 pm hearing but all the drama seems to be delaying things. The bodyguard was set to go at 5:30. Reporters on the scene are crying favoritism already because they seem to be setting up extra escorts to get Brown and his family out to his car. This sounds to me like they have already decided to release him.
Chris Brown was arrested yesterday morning for Felony Assault. Updates to follow but it seems like a certainty he is about to be released.
UPDATE: As of 4pm Chris is still in the pokey. No sign of anything in the courtroom yet.
Update: As of 5pm still in the pokey. Reporters getting restless from waiting. Me too. I have other things to blog about. Don’t know why I am wasting my time doing this. Maybe just procrastinating. lol.
Here is a pic from Twitter of Trey Songz showing up a few hours ago,
And here is a Twitter picture of the police report that has the wrong information on it. You can see they referred to the arrested guys as S-1 and S-2 and that led to the mixup. I guess.
Chris Brown’s Mama and Aunt arriving at the courthouse earlier today.
Update: 5:45 pm Charges have been dropped to a misdemeanor. Chris Brown still has not made it to the courtroom.
Updates to continue, if it kills me. :)
UPDATE: Just after 6 pm Chris Brown appeared before the judge in ankle chains and cuffs. The judge reduced both his and his bodyguard charges to simple assault and is now preparing to release them. They will likely face a mob of paparazzi which has been waiting outside all day.
Simple assault is a misdemeanor and the lowest of three forms of assault under DC LAW.
There are many variations on DC assault charges. The most basic of these, under DC law, is referred to as simple assault, and involves an attempt or effort of violence. This means you do not have to touch the alleged victim to face this charge. An attempt paired with the ability to carry through on the attempt is enough for the prosecution to gain this misdemeanor conviction.
Assault with Significant Injury is a more serious offense, classified as a felony. If it can be proved that you knew your actions were capable of causing significant bodily injury, or if you intended to cause such injury, you could be sentenced to up to three years in prison and $3,000 in fines.
Finally, an Aggravated Assault charge is a serious felony that carries a potential 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. This could be the applicable charge if the prosecution believes they can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you purposefully caused serious bodily injury to another.