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Justin Bieber

Photog Could Be First

Charged Under New Law

7/17/2012 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The paparazzo who was the ringleader in the Justin Bieber freeway chase could be the first person charged under a new California anti-paparazzi law.

Sources involved in the investigation tell TMZ ... the CHP has recommended to the L.A. City Attorney that the photog be charged with the law that prohibits paparazzi from endangering people while trying to shoot photos or video.

We're told the CHP is also recommending a second charge -- reckless driving.

As we first reported, the L.A. City Attorney is reviewing the CHP's file and will decide what -- if anything -- to file.

If the photog is charged and convicted under the new law, he could go to the pokey for 1 year.

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Majestik    

Right, he owns the only car of his kind, the speeding Tin Foil roll, and he's wearing a toque and blackrim glasses? Aren't the windows of his car darkened out too? What a fruitcake.

773 days ago
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Jade    

What about reckless driving for Bieber? He had a phone in his car, and someone in the passenger seat to use it, yet they didn't call 911 until after the police pulled them over. The paps crossed the line -- but how does that excuse Bieber from being accountable for endangering the lives of others. He was not a victim.. he was playing.

773 days ago
18.

Pat    

What about the "Beaver" he was going like 100 mph and didn't have enough sense to call the cops. He should do some time, have his license suspended and put some paint on that stupid attention seeking car. He drives that around and complains about the paparazzi spotting him?

773 days ago
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paigehop    

That car is freaking awesome!!! I'd drive recklessly, too, if I owned the spacecraft!

773 days ago
20.

Betty    

The only thing they were trying to do is take a picture....oh no! Big baby!

773 days ago
21.

two cents    

The paps weren't chasing themselves. Princess bieb should also be arrested and taught a lesson before he kills someone. Just a matter of time with too much testosterone and not enough sense.

773 days ago
22.

bob     

Amazing. So they're only going after the pap? That sucks. It was Bieber who instigated the high-speed chase and weaved in and out of traffic, etc. All he had to do was ignore them and there wouldn't have been a "chase"...heck, how could they get a shot through his tinted windows, anyway? Sure sounds like preferential treatment to me.

773 days ago
23.

Bob    

The guy should be charged with reckless driving but Justin Bieber should be charged also.

773 days ago
24.

Tracey    

BOUT FKN TIME!

773 days ago
25.

marymac    

Biebette needs to be charged with reckless driving & speeding too! No excuse for endangering so many!!

773 days ago
26.

Starla    

Damn it!!!!...If there is a CA law that says I have to talk "hands-free" while drving, then why is it so hard to for a law to be passed addressing wreckless driving for ALL parties involved in a high speed chase? Maybe I should write my local congressman/woman.

I'm so confused...COPS get immunity if they injure/kill someone during a high speed chase. Looks like JB (celebrities) get immunity as well. All for a picture. Disgusting.

773 days ago
27.

Nostradamus    

Waldo, I mean Justin, should be charged for his fashion choice.

773 days ago
28.

JL    

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773 days ago
29.

ihateskanks    

Yeah, no they need to put bieber in jail instead. Stupid ass celebrities go into the business knowing damn well there's going to people who want to take their pictures. It's a traded off you have to deal with so he needs to gtf over it or quit the business. Crossing my fingers for the latter so I don't have to listen to his crappy teeny bopper music everywhere I go

773 days ago
30.

ihateskanks    

If I was the DA bieber, lohan and hilton would all be behind bars right now

773 days ago
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