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Brown's lawyer asks judge to block jail transfer

Tuesday - 4/1/2014, 10:02pm  ET

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2014 file photo, R&B singer Chris Brown arrives at a Los Angeles Superior Court for a probation review hearing in Los Angeles. A judge scheduled a hearing for Thursday April 3, 2014, on whether Brown should be released to the custody of U.S. marshals so he can appear at an upcoming assault trial in Washington, D.C. Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin met with attorneys in chambers on Tuesday April 1, 2014, but did not rule on a request by Brown's lawyers to keep him in a Los Angeles until the trial. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chris Brown's attorney has asked a Los Angeles judge to block an order that would transfer the jailed R&B singer to Washington, D.C., for his upcoming misdemeanor assault trial.

Brown is being held without bail and is due to go on trial on April 17 in Washington on the assault charge.

Last week, a judge in Washington authorized U.S. marshals to transport Brown from Los Angeles for the trial.

The Grammy-winning singer's lawyer Mark Geragos filed a motion Tuesday asking a judge to block that order and instead release Brown to his custody just before the trial date.

His motion states that Brown would lose the ability to confer with Geragos and prepare for the trial if he is transferred by marshals.

A hearing has been scheduled for Thursday on the motion.


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