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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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craig    

Justin if you so street let this man go,you came from a couple crackheads that filmed your every move and posted on youtube.You come from **** you punk ***g.If you cant take the paps go back to living in the neighbors garage toilet.

640 days ago
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JL    

For the video
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Google - Pop Star Car Chase 911 (PSA) - YouTube
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=728fN5Zcy4I
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BEST PSA EVER!!!
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48.

ABB    

I'm no fan of this twit, but I'm glad the instigators of this crap are getting charged by the law.

640 days ago
49.

oink    

Be Funny if a Mad Photog took Biebs out. cost them all money. they helped make him famous.

640 days ago
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oink    

So Now you can drive 100 mph and if stopped just say a "Photog was chasing me"

640 days ago
51.

1    

Yes, it's all hilarious. Not really.

640 days ago
52.

Snerkles    

Okay, the photographers are s***...but dear Justin did not have to drive as he did. The paps would have followed, whether Justin was going 20 mph, or 100 mph. Justin set the standard...and should get more than a little reduced speed ticket.

640 days ago
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JL    

For the video
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Google - Pop Star Car Chase 911 (PSA) - YouTube
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=728fN5Zcy4I
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BEST PSA EVER!!!
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640 days ago
54.

Mihalick    

Unless the photographer climbed into Bieber's car and laid on the gas pedal while taking pictures, this is b.s. If Bieber doesn't want his picture taken, he can either retire or stay the f*** home.

640 days ago
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Ashlyn    

Finally they have a law for paparazzi like that. Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti paparazzi or anything, but I'm glad they have a law now that prohibits paparazzi from endangering celebrities lives. It's about time. Also I would like to say that I don't like Bieber or anything and think he should be charged as well.. but I'm glad they finally have a law for paparazzi that puts other peoples lives in endanger just for a picture.

640 days ago
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oink    

Need a Law Celebrities can't endanger non famous peoples lives.

640 days ago
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ManiacalZebra    

Where are the charges against Justine for being such a delicate little flower that she needed to endanger the lives of others because she didn't want her picture taken?

640 days ago
58.

roll3567    

Why does it require a law to get these paparazzi to back off? A person walking on a public street is fair game, but chasing in cars..come on

640 days ago
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hannag    

bieber should've been driving a less flashy car..punk. what does he think? the paps won't notice who that is? prius perhaps?

640 days ago
60.

janet    

This no talent kid who has too much money loves speeding and showing off and now it's the paps fault.? What is he pulling a Lindsay Lohan BS?

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