Court Nixes Gag Order in Britney Case

Paparazzi dangerous, but 1st Amendment protects them
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2008 3:35 PM CST
Photographers try to photograph through the back window of a Los Angeles City Fire Department ambulance carrying entertainer Britney Spears, as it leaves her residence in this Jan. 3, 2008, file photo...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Britney Spears will get no help from LA's family court in dodging the paparazzi, People reports. The commissioner overseeing her custody case today declined her lawyers' request for a gag order. Spears' legal team had requested a media blackout because the hordes of photographers were "dangerous" to the troubled singer "physically and emotionally."

The commissioner agreed that the threat was real but agreed with ex-husband Kevin Federline's lawyers that the pro-gag order arguments "don't pass Constitutional muster." "That's a law enforcement issue and an issue for the kind gentlemen and ladies of the press to deal with appropriately," he said of the camera-wielding throngs.