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Justin Bieber Case Could Change California’s Anti-Paparazzi Law

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Should Justin Bieber thank the paparazzo who chased him at 80 miles per hour in Los Angeles in July?

Maybe.

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson threw out part of the criminal case against Paul Raef, the alleged Bieber-stalking shutterbug who was pulled over July 6 and later charged with two counts of reckless driving with the intent to capture pictures for commercial gain, one count of (traditional) reckless driving and one count of failing to obey the order of a police officer.

Raef still faces charges for the latter two counts, but the “intent to capture pictures” charges are what brought constitutional scrutiny from the judge.

The law was enacted in 2010 to crack down on the dangerous habits of paparzzi, but Rubinson said the statute was overly broad and improperly aimed at newsgathering activities protected by the First Amendment.

So why might Bieber have reason to thank Raef?

David Kestenbaum, who represented Raef in court, asks what if Bieber — or any celebrity, for that matter — was recklessly driving in order to shoot a film?

“As most special-interest laws go, this one was horribly written,” he says.

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