Probation is No Walk in the Park: Another Example
Singer Chris Brown is on 5 years of supervised probation for his felony plea to assault stemming from a 2009 incident in which he hit his then-girlfriend Rhianna. His probation was transferred under the Interstate Compact Act to Virginia where he lives. Virginia filed a petition to revoke his probation, recommending that the judge then reimpose probation with added terms.
Yesterday, a hearing was held. While there are multiple media headlines that he violated probation because he used marijuana, that is misleading.
The terms of his California probation did not require drug testing or prohibit him from using marijuana. Brown has a medicinal marijuana license in California. He smoked marijuana in California and then traveled to Virginia. [More...]
The judge said Brown produced a medicinal marijuana prescription from California and that she had never ordered him not to use drugs, so the positive drug test may not have a major impact on his probation.
Thus, the Judge said she will not revoke probation for his use of marijuana. Virginia made him take a drug test and he tested positive. Virginia says he's under its jurisdiction now, and its terms prohibit anyone on probation supervision from using marijuana.
Virginia says Brown traveled to Paris without permission. But the California judge, who decides Brown's travel requests, granted him permission. Virginia says he still was obligated to get a travel permit from Virginia.
Brown was ordered to perform 180 days of community Service. According to Virginia, Brown has performed 1,402 hours. Brown says he has completed all of it. The Judge continued the hearing until November for a further review of the community service issue.
The records show Brown spent the hours doing manual labor, such as picking up trash, sweeping floors, washing cars and painting walls.
Brown also completed a year of domestic violence and anger management classes.
What does Rhianna have to say about this?
@chrisbrown I'm praying for you and wishing u the best today!
The court documents, including Virginia's complaint and the spreadsheet of his community service are here.
The judge transferred his probation back to California yesterday, with the next hearing set for November 1.
Just a reminder, while probation is better than jail, it's no walk in the park.
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