The recent and unauthorized release of an LAPD photo of Rihanna after an alleged domestic encounter with fellow singer Chris Brown may have been enough to keep the incident from ever seeing the inside of a courtroom.
According to an LAPD source, Brown, even if guilty, may walk due to the leak of the photo.
“The most unfortunate aspect of the entire incident is not only the total disrespect for the victim, Rihanna, but the legal ramifications related to jury pool pollution the public revelation of this photo obviously has on the possible upcoming criminal case against alleged attacker, Chris Brown. Brown, even if guilty, could walk free because of the unauthorized release of this photo,” the unnamed source said.
Gossip web site TMZ reportedly obtained the photo from an insider close to the investigation. The leak of the photo—which will likely lead to the termination of the person who released it—was obtained for $62,500.
If Chris Brown goes free, does putting the picture online violate some rule of ethics? Speak on it in the comments section.