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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles prosecutors say they plan to appeal a ruling to dismiss anti-paparazzi charges filed against a freelance photographer involved in a car chase of Justin Bieber.
Raef still faces traditional reckless driving charges.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
A judge dealt a blow Wednesday to a California law meant to crack down on reckless driving by paparazzi by saying the statute is overly broad and should not be used against the first photographer charged under its provisions.
The 2010 law raised the penalty for those who drive dangerously in pursuit of photos for commercial gain.
Raef still faces traditional reckless driving counts and has not yet entered a plea.
The judge cited numerous problems with the paparazzi statute, saying it was aimed at newsgathering activities protected by the First Amendment, and lawmakers should have simply increased the penalties for reckless driving rather than targeting celebrity photographers.
He also said the law could be used against photographers rushing to shoot a wedding or political rally, or even a private citizen such as himself on the way to an event that might generate photos worth selling.
Kaiserman argued the law was unconstitutional and meant to protect celebrities, not the public.
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