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The afternoon drags on as case after case is processed. Prisoners shackled from wrist to ankle are rotated into the room in pairs. Three sit in wait as one finds out their fate from the judge. Superior court judge Karen Howze and her staff hears arguments from lawyers of the accused and the lawyer from the state attorney’s office on each case and she then makes determinations of who can go free until their court date and who must return to lock up. Arraignments and presentations ranging from solicitation of prostitution to armed robbery are heard. After court dates are set, most are unshackled and sent home with conditions. Still no Chris Brown. Trey Songz sits in the back of the courtroom bored with his hands in his face. Because of Brown’s arrest, Songz and his team missed their flight out of Dulles. They’re hoping to catch the last flight out at 8pm.

It’s closing on 6pm. Luck wasn’t on our side in this instance. Chris Brown is the very last case of the day. Brown and his gigantic co-defendant Christopher Hollosy are both ushered unceremoniously into the courtroom with shackles. All eyes turn to them. Like their fellow accused, their wrists are anchored to their ankles like they are about to auctioned and sent down South. They drag feet to the middle of the courtroom and face Judge Howze with two US Marshals standing behind them. Still wearing the same white shirt and grey sweatpant outfit that he got arrested in Brown looks worn. His blond hair is matted. The laces seem to be missing from his white Adidas shell toes but I can’t tell. He stands limp in a slouching position with a blank yet humbled look on his face and tells the judge his name. He says nothing else. His lawyer take it from there. His co-defendant, who looks like a WWE heel with his long brown dreads, tattoos and a rain forest’s worth of facial hair, stands silently beside him. Brown and Hollesy both plead not guilty to charges that are reduced to simple assault, a misdemeanor. The lawyer asks that Brown be released on his personal recognizance. The judge agrees and rules that after his release Brown must report to his probation officer in California within 48 hours. She also orders that Brown undergo a drug treatment program but that ruling is later vacated. A new trial is set for November 25th at 10am. After the ruling, Brown and Hollosy are both unshackled and head to Pre-Trial Services to out process. The entire proceeding took five minutes. We waited all day for five minutes. The photographer outside waited just as long. photographers position themselves at one of three exits to get a money shot of Chris Brown leaving the courthouse. Fans bunch behind them with camera phones drawn.

Chris Brown emerges from the courthouse’s C Street entrance and pandemonium breaks loose. Brown gives a quick wave to his fans because his security team huddles tight with their newly freed superstar in the middle and push through the photo frenzy of flashing lights and screams. They climb into a black suburban truck and drive off. That took a minute and change.

This was originally from KYSDC.

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