CNN Newsroom’s Rick Sanchez and his guests Ashleigh Banfield of ‘In Session’ and Brooke Anderson of ‘Showbiz Tonight’ talked about the ramifications of the felony charges against singer Chris Brown.
“It’s remarkable the amount that Rihanna was able to actually remember and articulate in her conversations with police officers,” Banfield said. “And what’s really important here, Rick, is the details are actually corroborated by forensics, the blood in the car and on the clothes, the text messages that went back and forth, which, by the way, that’s the reason for this search warrant. This was a warrant to get the cellular records from all of the phones involved. And now those text messages, those phone calls out and in, and also the messages that were left, and the calls that went from the police officer’s cell phone on the scene will all play into this case, because they corroborate the detail that Rihanna actually provided herself.”
As for whether Brown had any chance in the court of public opinion with the complaint stating that the “assault caused her mouth to fill with blood and blood to splatter all over the clothing while he struck her repeatedly,” Anderson said, “Well, it is much more serious, I think, than anybody anticipated, Rick. And, you know, the DA tells us that, if he’s convicted, the sentence could range from probation to time in state prison. Now, state prison, where most of the violent offenders go. We’re not talking about just county jail here. So, it depends on what happens in terms of this case, what kind of plea he enters, if he is convicted, whether people will forgive him, whether he can bounce back. And let me tell you this. If he convicted, Rick, that makes him eligible for a first strike in California’s three-strike law. This is very serious. If he goes on to get two more strikes in his life, that’s 25 years to life.”
Video of the segment at Turner.com has since been removed.