Now I know each law varies by state, however I'm baffled with the consequences given to singer Chris Brown and Chicago Policeman, Anthony Abbate.
Chris Brown, age 20, was charged with assault with the intent of doing bodily injury to pop singer, Rihanna. He attached her by punching her several times and putting her in a headlock, causing her to almost lose consciousness. He also bit her ear and fingers. Chris pled guilty to the assault charges on June 23rd and received 5 years probation with 1400 hours of community service, and required to see a domestic violence counselor for a year.
Anthony Abbate, age 40, was charged with aggravated battery, for beating a26 year old female bartender named Karolina Obycka. He grabbed her by her hair and hit her repeatedly with his fist. As a result to his crime he received 2 years pf probation, 130 hours of community service, and was ordered to seek drug and alcohol evaluations.
Here's the problem, both Chris and Anthony committed similar crimes-just with different titles and neither one has any priors. However Chris Brown's sentence was much more harsh and damaging to his career and reputation as an artist, much more than Anthony' sentence, the off duty police officer.
What's disturbing about that is the judge who presided over Anthony's case stated: " if I believed sentencing Anthony Abbate to prison would stop people from getting drunk and hitting people, I'd give him the maximum sentence."
I'm sorry but being drunk is no excuse for Anthony's behavior neither is Rihanna checking Chris's cell phone an excuse for his behavior. I do believe everyone makes mistakes and deserves a second chance. For weeks there was controversy about Chris Brown hitting Rihanna, but wheres the controversy being a beat cop who felt the need to abuse his power by fist pounding a bartender. Anthony claimed it was in self-defense but the videotape proved a different story, which is clearly why I don't understand how Anthony's sentence was lighter than Chris's sentence. Which evidence is more liable? VIDEOTAPE OR WITNESS? Better yet where's the equal justice in that?