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Appeals court rejects Chris Brown's effort to delay Rihanna assault case

June 10, 2009 |  1:59 pm

Chrisbrown A preliminary hearing that could see pop star Rihanna taking the stand against former boyfriend Chris Brown will go forward later this month after a state appeals court refused Monday to intervene in the case.

A lawyer for Brown, who faces felony charges of assault and making criminal threats, had asked the Court of Appeals’ 2nd District to postpone the June 22 proceeding to consider whether a Superior Court judge ruled correctly when she blocked the defense from requesting police personnel records.

The records sought relate to the leak of a photo of Rihanna’s bruised face to the gossip site TMZ.com. The court denied the emergency request without comment. Judge Patricia Schnegg, who will preside at the preliminary hearing, said in May that Brown’s lawyer was premature in requesting the police files and that he was not entitled to them until closer to trial.

The judge also said she did not think the records were relevant to Brown’s February arrest for allegedly beating, biting, choking and threatening Rihanna. The R&B singer faces a maximum of five years in prison if convicted.

-- Harriet Ryan

Photo: Los Angeles Times