Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Chris Brown Gets A Slap on the Wrist

Chris Brown pleaded guilty yesterday to felony assault on pop star Rihanna. Brown, 20, entered the plea before a preliminary hearing was scheduled to start in Los Angeles. After he left the courtroom, Rihanna, 21, entered and was addressed by Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg, who explained to the singer that she had issued a stay-away order. Rihanna had not been seeking the order, but the judge imposed one requiring that Brown and Rihanna stay at least 50 yards from each other, except at industry events, when the distance is reduced to 10 yards.

Brown’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, said the plea deal includes five years of supervised probation and six months of community labor. Brown will be formally sentenced Aug. 5.


Michael Vick served almost two years in prison for facilitating a dog fighting ring. Dante Stallworth was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 1,000 hours of community service, 2 years of house arrest, and 8 years probation for killing someone while driving drunk. What do these two cases have to do with Chris Brown? The aforementioned cases show that there is no consistency in the American justice system. Law books are thick and detailed as hell, yet the laws on their pages are filled with loopholes. Unfortunately, public perception and money seem to determine the guilt or innocence of the accused.

I don't know why Chris Brown beat Rihanna so badly, but I do know that hitting a woman is inexcusable. I can play Devil's advocate. He may have been defending himself from her attacks. Nevertheless, he could have deflected her attacks and quelled the situation without making her face swell. Domestic violence is a serious problem across the globe. The laws on the books need to be strengthened so that those found guilty of domestic violence will receive harsher punishments.

Ghostface wrote a song called "Message from Ghostface" a few months ago in response to the Chris Brown/Rihanna situation. It's powerful music that I think you should hear.

I can see it in your face you been hurt mad times
And fell in love on the block and couldn't read the signs
In the beginning was all good, he sexed you right
Held you close in the bed real tight