Chris Brown: Guilty as charged

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Invoking his constitutional right as a celebrity to be slapped on the wrist for any and everything, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assault on Barbadian songstress Rihanna in a California Superior Court. According to People, “Brown, 20, will be sentenced to five years probation and 180 days of community labor to be served in Virginia. He will also complete a year of domestic violence classes, and pay fines. In exchange, he pleaded guilty to felony assault by means likely to cause great bodily injury.

“Mr. Brown, I think it’s commendable that you took responsibility for your conduct,” said Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg. Brown also was ordered to stay at least 50 yards away from Rihanna – except at industry events, when it’s 10 yards – despite a request from Rihanna’s lawyer that the pair be allowed in the same place at the same time. If he violates probation, Brown will face four years in jail. His formal sentencing is set for Aug. 5, when the court will drop a second charge of making criminal threats.”

Sparing batterers like Brown from real punishment for their brutality undermines the concept of equal justice under law and insults millions female victims of partner abuse. It is all the more galling for a female jurist to have agreed to this travesty.

Taking real responsibility means doing the time, not some B.S. community service.

11 thoughts on “Chris Brown: Guilty as charged

  1. What makes you believe that jail is the best solution? What is jail likely to teach CB? You think maybe Chris needs to be beat down and gang raped in jail so he can finally learn the error of his ways?

    And to pretend he isn’t being punished is disingenuous. Would you like being under govt supervision for the next 5 years? Any little mistake could cost him big time now. The system was designed to incarcerate those we need protection from; not everyone who has a lapse in judgment. There are other remedies for misbehavior. Why so angry that Chris Brown was treated in a similar fashion to other people with no previous criminal history?

    For that matter, why is he more culpable because he got the best of a fight that by all accounts she started? Probably just opened myself up to all kinds of accusations of chauvinism for that one.

    It simply isn’t that cut and dried, and I have a problem consigning almost anyone to the penal system. Mike Vick didn’t belong there either. There is no hope for anything other than retribution. And I don’t think the government should be in the retribution business. If anyone deserves retribution here it’s RiRi, and she is apparently over it.

  2. Exodus,

    I like and respect you, sir. But on this you are dead wrong. Let me refresh your memory.

    From People Magazine:

    According to a search warrant in the case, Rihanna, 21, read a three-page text message from a woman on Brown’s phone, which led to an argument. Brown – who was charged with two felonies Thursday – allegedly tried to force his girlfriend out of the Lamborghini, and hit her head against the passenger window.

    Rihanna then “turned to face Brown and he punched her in the left eye with his right hand,” says the paperwork. “He then drove away in the vehicle and continued to punch her in the face with his right hand while steering the vehicle with his left hand.”

    According to the notes taken by Detective De Shon Andrews, blood filled Rihanna’s mouth. Brown, 19, allegedly told her, “I’m going to beat the s— out of you when we get home. You wait and see!” Rihanna called her assistant and left a message saying, “I am on my way home. Make sure the cops are there when I get there.” The police notes say that prompted Brown to reply: “You just did the stupidest thing ever. Now I’m really going to kill you.”

    The report also says that Brown bit Rihanna and put her in a headlock, and that she almost lost consciousness.

    “Brown resumed punching [Rihanna] and she interlocked her fingers behind her head and brought her elbows forward to protect her face,” according to the notes. “She then bent over at the waist, placing her elbows and face near her lap in attempt to protect her face and head from the barrage of punches being levied upon her by Brown.”

    Eventually, Rihanna began screaming for help and Brown got out of the car, according to the notes. A nearby resident heard the calls for help and called 911.

    Any “man” who could do this to a female deserves to be locked up. Period.

  3. SB, IF that is all the exact and uncensored version of what happened (and I highly doubt it because it is verbiage from a search warrant and police write whatever they need to write on a search warrant to get it approved by the judge), then Chris has bigger issues than I imagined. Even if that’s just part of the story, he has some very serious issues. It will be interesting to see how much elocution is required of him at sentencing.

    I want to make sure this doesn’t come off the wrong way. CB did something that requires a strong focused response to try to make sure this does not happen again. I have absolutely Zero tolerance for men hitting women, except in strict self-defense. For that matter, I don’t think any stronger person should attempt to impose his or her will on any weaker person by force, physical abuse or intimidation.

    Still don’t want him in jail. I want him to get the help he needs and that won’t happen in jail. The young man needs help; not for us to write him off as incorrigible and consign him to the hell on earth we facetiously call corrections facilities.

  4. Exodus,

    The kid has enough money to pay for whatever help he needs to stop him from putting his hands on women. Now, thanks to the generosity of the California Criminal Injustice System, he has an incentive to seek it. Any regular Nigra on the street woulda been locked up and forgotten by now.

  5. TripLBee

    There’s little doubt that Brown received special treatment because he’s a celebrity with dough. That being said, I know a lot of guys who’ve gone to jail. But I haven’t met a single one whose life was improved by the experience.

  6. ph2072

    Agreed SB. He got off WAY too easy. Yeah, jail/prison doesn’t usually rehabilitate, but people need to take responsibility for their actions.

  7. Andrew Duvall

    Im not advocating whipping a sistas ass, but in this country we are quick to whine about battery of women, but don’t have a problem with dropping bombs on innocent women and children in places like Iraq and Afghanistan

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