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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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oink    

Canada is Laughing, the lil Biebs wouldn't get away with doing things like this there.

765 days ago
62.

tenley    

All this does is encourage Justin Bieber (and Lilo etc.) to go ahead and drive recklessly and endanger so many lives that 10 different people call 911, you won't be charged with reckless driving.

765 days ago
63.

oink    

No more pics of Biebs, photogs sign up for food stamps, TMZ loses $$$$$ Harvey files for Bankruptcy, Kim Trashian wins election for Mayor of LA Liar Lilo Lohan marries Tom Cruse.

765 days ago
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Marnie    

So if Bieber was going 50 mph and the photographers were going 50 mph following him, no one would have broken the law. I suspect that the photographers were excessively speeding ONLY because Bieber was.

765 days ago
65.

erik    

since he is canadian i think they should just strip him off his right to drive for six months. make him take some classes that are not all consisting of driving. maybe some classes to help his **** personality.

765 days ago
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Rick Rodriguez    

Hey D-bags at TMZ. Take heed!

765 days ago
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pat    

I don't get it. Bieber does 100 mph and the pap follows him at 100 mph.


Bieber gets a ticket. The pap gets a ticket and then he's charged with endangering people and reckless driving.

Bieber was LEADING the pap. So it should be Bieber that was endangering people. If he was driving at 55 mph, the pap would have been driving at 55. No???

I loathe Bieber. This kid will be trouble later on but I do think the time has come for an anti=pap law. I've said it before. These paps have cameras that can take a puicture of a zit from across the street. So why can't there be a law prohibitting them to get within 25 feet of an entitled little schmuck? The paps will say sometimes there isn't 25 feet of space available and that's when these zoom lenses from across the street come into play. No? I don't know but it's just too logical.


Bottom line for me is that Bieber should also be charged with endangering people and reckless driving. But as we all know celebrity justice and judicial incompetence rule in Los Angeles.

765 days ago
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JL    

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765 days ago
69.

Poor Leno    

Guess they got to much sun down there when they coem up with idiot laws like this, Justin Bieber should have been fined for his recless driving world is just fubar.

765 days ago
70.

danny dude    

Can We leave him and ALL celebrities alone!! No one person deserves to be followed, Chased, and photographed and no more lying stories about them, celeb or otherwise.

765 days ago
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Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

"...he could go to the pokey for 1 year."


He "could", but he won't. Overcrowding, remember it?

765 days ago
72.

Mike    

First this doesn't make sense...but either the DAs are fools, or they waste taxpayer money just for the hell of it.

As no cops saw this!!!!!!!! So I think it is unchargeable!

And if the DA is trying to make points against the paps, then it suks that they are OK, some fool going 100 ,miles an hour, and endangering the public, just cause he might get his picture taken.

765 days ago
73.

K-Fed-Ex    

You can't put other people's lives in danger just because someone is trying to take your picture ... Thought that would have been sort of self-explanatory.

765 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

so the celebs will only get a ticket for endangering peoples lives meanwhile the non celebs get hit harder.i get it like always looking out for the privileged

765 days ago
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Betamax    

Where's Waldo?

765 days ago
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