Judge Upgrades Rapper Foxy Brown's Probation Status

Foxy Brown's probation was restored to good standing today (June 14) by a Manhattan judge, despite objections from a Probation Department lawyer, the Associated Press reports.

According to Criminal Court Judge Melissa Jackson, Foxy Brown, born Inga Marchand, has remained in good standing with her probation officer, has attended her required anger management classes and has passed her drug tests.

Brown, 27, is on three years probation for an Aug. 2004 incident, in which she attacked two manicurists in a Manhattan nail salon during a dispute in which she struck one of the women with a cell phone.

Brown was accused of violating the terms of her probation when she was arrested in Feb. during an altercation with the owner of a beauty supply store in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

In addition to battery charges surrounding the Florida incident, New York Probation Department officials accused Brown of being in the state without permission.

Judge Jackson agreed to restore Brown's probation to good standing, despite objections from Attorney Mathilda Leo, who felt the judge should wait another two months before making her decision.

"I see a positive probation report here," Jackson told Brown. "It was a real struggle to get you onboard. I want to see you finish this sentence and go on to a happy life."

Judge Jackson was one of Brown's harshest critics.

When Brown appeared in court to plead guilty to the Aug. 2004 nail salon incident, Judge Jackson noted Brown's disrespectful attitude throughout the trial.

Judge Jackson also drew headlines when she had Brown handcuffed to a bench along the court room wall, after Brown stuck her tongue out in court.

Brown was forced apologize or face jail time.

Brown refused a plea deal in May in regards to the Florida incident. She is due in court on Sept. 24 and faces up to a year in jail on misdemeanor battery charges.