Appeal planned as anti-paparazzi charges dropped
“This discrimination sets a dangerous precedent,” he said.
Prosecutors countered that the law could be applied to people in other professions, not just the media.
“The focus is not the photo. The focus is on the driving,” Assistant City Attorney Ann Rosenthal argued.
While the media is granted freedom under the First Amendment, its latitude to gather news is not unlimited, she said.
“This activity has been found to be particularly dangerous,” she said of chases involving paparazzi.
The law was prompted by the experiences of Jennifer Aniston, who provided details to a lawmaker on being unable to drive away after she was surrounded by paparazzi on Pacific Coast Highway.
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