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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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31.

jeff    

What kind of @ssh le wears a wool hat in the summertime? IN CALIFORNIA? Hate the bieb.

776 days ago
32.

Lori    

Really why didn't Justin get a ticket that was stuipd and danager's of him to drive as fast he was??? I'm not agreeing with them chasing him but come on a kid of his age doesn't have the right skills to be driving that fast and be safe!!

776 days ago
33.

red    

hey bever get out of show biz if you dont want your pic taken. he is just a baby jerk and people buys his stuff not ME

776 days ago
34.

PokerStar    

How much do they make on a photo of a celebrity anyways? Is it worth a date wit

776 days ago
35.

Yup    

The papp definitely needs to go away... as does lady boy little bieber; he should be charged as well. Stupid little d*uche endangered everybody's lives by driving 100mph on the freeway, swerving in & out of traffic. He should NOT get a pass just because he's a celebrity...

776 days ago
36.

Chris    

BIEBER should be charged. No one forced him to drive so fast. I don't care who was chasing him. Stupid.

776 days ago
37.

Babydoll0630    

I can't stand this little turd, but it's good to see the paps FINALLY getting the punishment they deserve. Chasing ANYONE in a car shouldn't go unpunished.

776 days ago
38.

Joao    

I TOLD YOU WHEN THEY'D DO THEIR "INVESTIGATION" THAT THE PAPARAZZI WOULD BE CHARGED... THEY HAD TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING TO RESCUE THE HOLLYWOOD SACRED COW DU JOUR. It's your police force, California. You folks deserve it.

776 days ago
39.

Shane!    

So no charges for Bieber huh? Figures. If you think about it, if Justin didn't floor it the photog wouldn't have been speeding either. They are both guilty in my book. If you don't want your pic taken, don't be a celebrity in a flashy ugly car.

776 days ago
40.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

Would somebody please tell me which of the men in the photograph is the paparazzo? You´d think TMZ would actually identify the people in the photos they post.....

776 days ago
41.

HARRY NIPPLES, Jr.    

Please arrest Bieber... Surely there must be SOME charge that will fit.

776 days ago
42.

SSinOC    

In CA anything over a 100 and they throw you in jail and impound the car. The photog. was following him not the other way around. Both celebs and pap's think they can get away with this until now.

776 days ago
43.

the Ronster    

Where's Waldo?

776 days ago
44.

oink    

Photogs stop taking pics of This lil girl Bieber and let it fade away. Magazines stop reporting on it and it won't be famous for much longer. and people stop buying its Music CD's. hot the biebs where it hurts, stop it's money.

776 days ago
45.

DaveT    

Anybody who says...."it was Justin's fault the paparazzi went so fast"....probably drools and slaps their wrist to their chest while they're talking :D

776 days ago
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