LATEST: Bobby Brown was released from jail on Friday (29AUG03) after a traffic judge ordered him to pay $1,450 (GBP906) in fines for marijuana possession and driving offenses.

The MY PREROGATIVE hitmaker entered no contest pleas to the marijuana charge as well as having no proof of insurance. He pleaded guilty to driving without a license and speeding.

Brown, who arrived at the Atlanta, Georgia, hearing without his wife Whitney Houston by his side, paid $800 (GBP500) for the marijuana charge, $150 (GBP93) for the speeding and driving without a license charges, and $350 (GBP218) for driving without proof of insurance.

Despite Brown's history of legal problems, judge CALVIN GRAVES praised him as a good role model who has "a wonderful wife" and comes from a good family.

The singer was released after serving seven days in DeKALB COUNTY JAIL. He had been sentenced last week to serve 14 days in jail after he was arrested for a probation violation from an earlier drunken driving conviction.

As part of the agreement with the DeKalb County sheriff, Brown had to undergo a drug assessment at an Atlanta-area facility after his appearance in traffic court.

Brown still has to serve the remainder of last week's sentence - 60 days of house arrest and 200 hours of community service.

He was ordered to serve 30 hours of community service by Graves, but that sentence will run concurrently with the community service ordered by DeKALB COUNTY STATE COURT judge WAYNE PURDOM.

31/08/2003 21:16