Judge Tosses Anti-Paparazzi Counts in Bieber Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge has dismissed a charge against a paparazzi accused of recklessly pursuing Justin Bieber.

Freelance photographer Paul Raef was the first person charged under a new California law targeting reckless driving by paparazzi seeking shots of celebrities.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson dismissed the charge Wednesday after hearing arguments from an attorney for Raef.

Rubinson said the law is overly broad and he cited numerous problems with its construction. Raef's attorneys argued the law was unconstitutional.

The photographer still faces more traditional counts for reckless driving and for following other cars too closely.

Prosecutors allege he chased Bieber at more than 80 mph and forced other motorists to avoid collisions while Raef tried to get shots of the teen heartthrob.

Raef has not yet entered a plea in the case.


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