Prosecutors fight anti-paparazzi charges dismissal

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 13 at 12:05 AM

LOS ANGELES (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.

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