Singer Chris Brown turned over to federal marshals for D.C. trial

LOS ANGELES Thu Apr 3, 2014 7:13pm EDT

R&B singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna, appears in court for allegedly violating his probation, in Los Angeles, California, March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

R&B singer Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend Rihanna, appears in court for allegedly violating his probation, in Los Angeles, California, March 17, 2014.

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B singer Chris Brown was taken from his Los Angeles jail cell by the U.S. Marshals Service and will be transported to Washington, D.C. for a hearing in a 2013 misdemeanor assault charge, federal authorities said on Thursday.

Brown, 24, was jailed last month after violating his probation when he was dismissed from a facility where he was receiving the court-ordered treatment related to his 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna. He will be taken to Washington, where he is scheduled to stand trial on April 17, U.S. Marshals Service spokeswoman Lynzey Donahue said.

Brown's lawyer Mark Geragos had asked the court to have Brown released ahead of the trial into his custody so that they could prepare for the trial and travel together to Washington.

A court hearing on the matter was set for Thursday, but Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin canceled it and issued a written decision instead.

The judge said Brown's attorneys have been visiting him "on an almost daily basis" at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles to prepare for the D.C. trial, the City News service reported.

Brandlin issued an eight-page ruling on the matter, noting that while the transfer may cause "some inconvenience" to the singer and his legal team, Brown would not be deprived of his right to counsel if transported by federal authorities.

Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge in Washington from an October 2013 incident where he was accused of allegedly punching a man who was trying to get a picture with him, breaking his nose.

The singer was sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Brandlin to 90 days in a treatment program following his altercation in Washington.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Mary Milliken and Andrew Hay)

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Comments (2)
skeptic4all wrote:
I’ve never heard Chris Brown’s music so I’m in no way biased towards him…I am not black or young or crazy…but I wish ppl would give this kid a break…Didn’t he hit his chick in 2009? Why is he still dealing with that? Didn’t she even go back to him? I hate it when women are bullied but I’m sure he was provoked Ok kid screwed up…but does he deserve to pay forever..I think not. everyone needs to move on.

Apr 03, 2014 5:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
LordLion-O wrote:
Really I thought the guy did something seriously wrong. A misdemeanor and they drawing it out like this? Really!?!? Waste of time and money fine the kid and let him go wait till he really does something. Plus who ever he hit got a payday coming. This is stupid!!!!

Apr 03, 2014 6:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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