Chris Brown's defense may focus on leaked photo of battered Rihanna
Since Chris Brown's arrest nearly three months ago, his normally loquacious attorney has not said a word in public about how he plans to answer charges that the singer beat and choked his pop star girlfriend, Rihanna. But comments by the attorney in court Wednesday suggested part of the strategy might be attacking police for the leak of a photo showing Rihanna's bloodied, bruised face.
Defense lawyer Mark Geragos told a judge he planned to request information about possible police misconduct or bias and mentioned by name an appellate court ruling that provides defendants access to files in internal police investigations related to their cases.
Geragos, whose unwavering "no comment" in the Brown matter is in marked contrast to his media-friendly handling of other high-profile cases, did not elaborate and declined to speak outside the courthouse. But his remarks seemed a clear reference to the probe sparked by TMZ.com's posting of a photo of Rihanna consistent with evidence pictures taken by police. Los Angeles Police Department investigators have been interviewing their own officers and scouring computers for two months in a thus far fruitless effort to determine whether someone inside the agency sold or gave the photo to the gossip website.
-- Joel Rubin and Harriet Ryan
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