Judge Says Paparazzi Have Right to Chase Bieber
Deems charges unconstitutional in case involving pop star
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2012 9:11 AM CST
Musician Justin Bieber performs during the Believe Tour at TD Garden in Boston on Saturday Nov. 10, 2012.   (Photo by Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Two charges were tossed yesterday against the paparazzo who allegedly chased Justin Bieber when the pop star was pulled over for crazy speeding in July—because the LA judge found California's anti-paparazzi law unconstitutional, the Los Angeles Times reports. The landmark law punishes paparazzi who drive recklessly in order to get pictures they can sell, but the judge said it's an overreach that violates First Amendment rights. Two traffic-related charges against Paul Raef will proceed.

TMZ notes that the ruling won't have any effect immediately, since it came from a trial judge, but if an appeals court sides with him "it could have a big impact on how paparazzi are prosecuted." As for Bieber, he was pulled over yet again Tuesday and cited for making an unsafe turn while driving a Ferarri. He's been engaging in some typical post-breakup behavior since splitting with Selena Gomez, including hanging out with Ashley Olsen, tweeting shirtless pictures, riding a motorcycle, and texting Gomez nonstop.

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WHENWILLITALLEND
Nov 19, 2012 7:49 PM CST
The clock is ticking on his 15 minutes of fame....this hybrid of Jackson and Madonna sans talent. Yes he is young and the skin still tight....it is this which attracts the hormone drenched girls...not a talent just an ability to attract observation....a fighter and gun holder a speeder in a vehicle to garner attention. Another Media Whore until the next one is placed on the five year conveyor belt behind him. Gather and hold the money to live on after the years pass 25. He craves the attention of the media by prancing on the pavement....hide yourself away...arrive and depart in secret do not feign the attention is a bother...you are a laughter to society young person !
toryd
Nov 17, 2012 4:16 AM CST
If you have driven the California freeways, you know they are already high-speed and dangerous, and no one should have the right to chase anyone on them. Whether or not you are a fan of Bieber, paps should not chase him on the freeway. Why are they jeopardizing the safety of all the other drivers on the road? I sincerely hope I'm never on the same freeway with paps chasing him.
HANKHILL
Nov 16, 2012 9:37 PM CST
hope they chase him over a cliff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!