A two count felony complaint issued charging rhythm and blues singer Chris Brown with assault and criminal threats on a person referred to as “Robyn F.” “Robyn F.” is believed to be fellow singer and girlfriend Rihanna. According to news reports, Brown briefly appeared in a Los Angeles Court House and the arraignment was postponed until April 6, 2009. It has been reported that an affidavit has been filed indicating that Brown repeatedly puncehd “Robyn F.” and that during the altercation her mouth filled up with blood that spilled over into the car. Many sources reported that the physical altercation took place after Rihanna read a text message from a former girlfriend on Brown’s phone. Although Rihanna was not in court it was reported that she did not want a restraining order to issue that would prevent Brown from contacting her.
As a result of the incident Rihanna apparently received serious injuries including bruises to her face. Rumors have been circulating that the couple may have recently become married. In Massachusetts one spouse cannot be forced to testfiy against another spouse. This is commonly referred to as the marital privilege. The privilege belongs to the witness and not the defendant. Therefore, if the victim wants to testify he or she can waive the privilege and the Commonwealth can call him or her to testify at trial. Furthermore, even if a witness invokes the marital privilege if there is other evidence that the state can present during a trial the case can still go forward.
In Massachusetts, cases involving domestic violence often are prosecuted without the cooperation of the alleged victim. The prosecution may collect evidence from other sources. For example, if a search warrant was executed, evidence [such as bloody clothing or in some cases weapon(s)] may have been collected to support the government’s case. Also, the 911 tape may provide some evidence that the prosecution can use.
In Massachusetts, the use of the information on the 911 tape is not always admissible because the defendant has a right to confront witnesses. However, in certain situations the Massachusetts Courts have held that the state can use the tape. If you are facing criminal charges and the prosecution is attempting to use a 911 tape it is imperative that you contact an experience Massachusetts defense attorney to move to have the tape excluded from evidence. The exclusion of this evidence often destroys the Commonwealth’s case and results in an acquittal or a dismissal.
If you have been charged with assault and battery, threats or any other crime against a person contact Massachusetts Our Attorney and she will work to defend you. If you have been charged with any type of domestic violence it is critical that you contact and experienced defense attorney so that all appropriate motions to suppress and/or exclude evidence are filed on your behalf. Contact Our Attorney and she will get to work on your case immediately.