Chris Brown probation hearing rescheduled for April
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (WTVR) — Chris Brown was in court today and the judge rescheduled the hearing for April 5, citing the need to review the evidence submitted by the district attorney.
Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey submitted multiple documents to the Superior Court of the State of California for Los Angeles, and asked the court to find singer Chris Brown in violation of his probation.
The D.A.’s office also accused the Richmond Police department of being sloppy in its supervision and record-keeping of the probation.
Brown was ordered to serve out his probation in Richmond after he was convicted in 2009 of beating then girlfriend - singer Rihanna. Although the couple broke-up, they are now back together.
Rihanna was in court today with Brown.
Brown was also ordered to meet with his probation officer within 48 hours, concerning any allegations that the community service had been fabricated.
The L.A. D.A. has come out firing, citing much of the vouched-for community service is “inconsistent, unreliable and cannot be attributed to any source.”
These “significant disparities,” Lacey wrote, indicate, “at best, sloppy documentation and, at worst, fraudulent reporting and possible misdemeanor violations of California Penal Code section 539 – ‘Fraudulent Certification of Completion of Court-Ordered Community Service.’”
You can read the summary motion here: CHRIS BROWN MOTION
Among the many accusations, Brown didn’t even do work in the approved community, he wasn’t even in the state when some of the service was claimed and he was credited with work that someone else did.
Richmond police claimed 21 separate incidents where officers worked overtime to provide security for the star, but on five of those dates, Brown wasn’t even listed as doing community service, the motion claims. Brown is supposed to pay for this police protection, but the D.A. reports he wasn’t billed yet.
The D.A.’s investigators’ interviews with those who were supposed to supervise Brown are damning, including one incident in which Brown showed up to do office work with friends.
At least two interviews with supervisors did report how difficult it was for Brown to do his service because of fans showing up.
The motion that Brown redo his 180 days of community service acknowledges that Chief Norwood’s staff was tasked with getting it done right, but it’s the chief’s signature on Brown’s documentation.
This court-ordered, supervised work wasn’t supposed to be a party or community service light. The chief pledged sweaty work and rigorous oversight.
The motion shouts that neither happened consistently.
CBS 6 Legal Analyst Todd Stone says the details in the court documents raises some serious questions into who actually handled the supervision for Chris Brown during his community service.
“His original order was to complete the community service,” says Stone. “If they could prove that he did something fraudulent in writing down hours that were not in fact hours then really, yeah, this could be something that they could order him to jail,” said Stone.
In court Wednesday, Brown’s defense attorney Mark Geragos told the judge he had not been allotted enough time to review the filing and would like to add more to his filed opposition. He criticized prosecutors for filing their claims just a day before Brown’s hearing.
“I’m asking for a time to supplement this and what I would like to do also is I attached exhibits which have got some identifying information that were turned over by Richmond PD,” said Geragos.
Geragos said further that prosecutors had painted an incomplete picture of the records and had not been completely truthful in what was released to the media.
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