In an unexpected move, Rihanna has been ordered to appear at Chris Brown's preliminary hearing on June 22nd. If asked to give testimony concerning the night Brown beat her, it will be the first time she has publicly spoken of the incident since it occurred on February 8th. Oh but the good news for Brown doesn't stop there.
Judge Patricia Schnegg denied a request to allow Brown's attorney accesss to confidential LAPD personnel records so that he can find out who leaked a photograph of a battered and bruised Rihanna to the media.
In denying the motion, Schnegg said everyone agrees that the leak of the now infamous photo was not a good thing, but that ... "does not impact the validity of the police investigation and the arrest of your client."
At one point Brown wanted the charges thrown out because of that photo, so this should put an end to that. And if photos are okay I think the prosecutor should make one of those big charts with Chris Browns picture at the top, then a bunch of lines going from his picture to like two dozen pictures of hot girls with red X's over their face. Have it behind you the entire trial, and then during closing arguments explain that Brown also dated these women, but then move on to something else because he probably didn't do anything to the other girls but the red X's will make the jury think he killed them. I don't know if that kind of thing is legal but I think it would be a neat lawyer-y trick.