Chris Brown may be guilty of felony assault, said Greig Box Turnbull in the Daily Mirror, but he won't be serving any jail time. On Monday, the 20-year-old R&B singer "admitted attacking ex-girlfriend Rihanna" during an altercation back in February, but "avoided prison by striking a plea bargain with prosecutors." Instead, Brown will face up to five years of probation, serve six months of community service, and must stay 50 yards away from Rihanna—10 yards at industry events.
This is a complete "miscarriage of justice," said Leslie Gornstein in E! Online. "One of the most famous singers in the country beat up a woman and allegedly threatened to kill her, and he's going to walk around free." Does anyone remember how Rihanna's face looked after the attack, or that Brown "may have used a car dashboard in a serious attempt to flatten her skull"?
"There has been some hand-wringing" over what many view as a "lenient" sentence, said Richard Winton in the Los Angeles Times. But "several legal experts said the sentence appears to be in line with what other first-time offenders who plead guilty to the same crime would receive." And Rihanna herself reportedly "approved of the plea."
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