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Chris Brown Back in Court

April 8, 2013
Chris Brown

A lawyer for singer Chris Brown accused Los Angeles prosecutors of fraud for saying he submitted defective documentation of his court-ordered community service.

Prosecutors accused Brown of submitting poorly documented, and possibly fraudulent, paperwork indicating he completed 180 days of community service in his home state of Virginia. He agreed to perform the labor as part of a 2009 plea bargain deal when he was prosecuted for assaulting his girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.

The work was purportedly completed under the supervision of Richmond, Va., police but prosecutors said records show Brown was traveling abroad on the dates documents said he was picking up trash in Virginia.

Brown was in court Friday to face allegations his violated his probation,

His attorney, Mark Geragos, asked for a contempt of court hearing, accusing prosecutors of filing false documents, CNN reported.

"And I don't mean just false, it is fraudulent," he said.

District Attorney Jackie Lacey asked Superior Court Judge James Brandlin to restart Brown's 1,400 hours of community service under the supervision of a probation officer, CNN reported.

Brandlin ordered Brown to return to court June 10 because lawyers needed more time to review "additional discovery" in the case.

Bryan Norwood resigned as Richmond police chief in February after prosecutors questioned the validity of paperwork showing Brown performed the required community service under the supervision of Richmond police officers.



Source: Copyright UPI 2013


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