News: Chris Brown Catches Big Break In Court, Dodges Jail Stint

Monday, Feb 3, 2014 6:48PM

Written by Biz Jones

R&B singer Chris Brown should thank his lucky stars and a judge today (February 2) after avoiding a trip to jail in favor of completing a 90-day rehabilitation stint instead.

According to reports, prosecutors wanted to see Brown behind bars and cited him as a danger to society.

Chris appeared for a hearing on the D.C. assault case, where he stands accused of beating up a guy last October. The hearing was held by the judge in the Rihanna beating case, who will decide if Chris violated his probation by allegedly committing the assault. Prosecutors asked the judge to throw Chris in jail immediately and set a probation violation hearing. Prosecutors claim "Brown's violent behavior continues to increase in severity and frequency" and he poses "an increasing danger to society." (TMZ)

Despite the pressure, a judge ruled in Brown's favor and went against the prosecutors' request.

The D.A. claims they have now reviewed the D.C. case -- interviewing witnesses and examining evidence -- and they say there is probably cause to believe Chris is guilty as charged. The judge, however, ruled Chris was better off completing his 90-day rehab for anger management than being thrown in jail, so he shut down prosecutors. (TMZ)

Recently, Brown turned down a plea deal in his assault case.

Chris Brown rejected a plea deal in Washington on Wednesday because he didn't break a man's nose near the White House last October, his lawyer told the Daily News. "It was rejected because he's not guilty," lawyer Mark Geragos said in an exclusive interview. "I've seen everything I need to see in this case, so absent prosecutors turning over video footage of [Brown] doing it, there's little or no chance of any plea deal," the prominent lawyer said. Geragos said investigators searched for surveillance video of the alleged sidewalk smackdown shortly after Brown's arrest but came up empty-handed. (New York Daily News)

Brown managed to only spend minutes in the court room during his appearance.

Brown did not speak during the hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes. He wore a charcoal three-piece suit and had dark hair, not the bleached blond hair he had sported when he was arrested in October along with his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, who also faces an assault charge. (USA Today)

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