Chris Brown’s Lawyer Makes His Move

Looks like Chris Brown’s lawyer is hoping for a photo finish to his client’s assault trial.

Radar Online reports that Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, seeking internal Los Angeles Police Department records relating to a photo of an injured Rihanna that was leaked to the media earlier this year.

Brown, who faces two felony charges, is accused of beating Rihanna during an argument on February 8. It was predicted late last month that Geragos will use the photo leak to seek a dismissal in Brown’s case.

The motion states that Rihanna “requested that the police reports related to this incident be kept confidential, and a Request for Confidentiality of Information was completed.” However, the motion continues, “I’m informed and believe that on or about February 19, 2009, a photograph taken by the LAPD depicting physical injuries on [Rihanna’s] person was illegally leaked to the media. Specifically, I am informed and believe that this highly prejudicial photograph was sold by an LAPD officer to the entertainment website, TMZ.”

Geragos goes on to speculate that “the purpose of the leak was necessarily for profit and to vilify Mr. Brown and poison the potential jury pool.”

If his motion uncovers unlawful activity on the LAPD’s part, Gregaros adds, he plans to use that information to “attack their credibility.” Should he succeed in casting doubt on the police testimony, Gregaros concludes, “I believe there is a reasonable likelihood that the case will be dismissed at the preliminary hearing.”

Brown is due back in court on May 28.

Have your say in the comments section: Do you think the leaked Rihanna abuse photo could get Chris Brown off the hook?