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Prosecutors fight anti-paparazzi charges dismissal


February 19. 2013 9:50PM
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(AP) Prosecutors are appealing the dismissal of anti-paparazzi driving charges that had been filed against a photographer accused of recklessly chasing Justin Bieber in California.


The appeal filed Wednesday argues that a criminal court judge erred last month when he dismissed two counts filed under California's 2010 anti-paparazzi law against Paul Raef, a freelance photographer.


Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson ruled the statute was overly broad and violated the First Amendment.


The appeal claims the ruling could set a precedent that newsgatherers can engage in reckless driving without facing stiff penalties.


The law targeted those found guilty of unsafe driving in pursuit of a photo for commercial use.


Raef still faces traditional reckless driving charges for the July chase involving Bieber on a freeway.


Associated Press


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