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Justin Bieber

Photog JUSTIFIES

Car Chase

8/9/2012 9:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0809-justin-bieber-bauer-stop-article-4The paparazzo who has been criminally charged with chasing Justin Bieber down the 101 Freeway last month will plead not guilty, claiming it's the same situation as a news reporter rushing to a fire.

Photog Paul Raef's lawyer, David Kestenbaum, tells TMZ ... his client is no different than a traditional news reporter covering a breaking story, and therefore he has a constitutional right to chase it.

Raef is the first person charged under California's new "Paparazzi Law," enhancing the punishment when a photog creates a dangerous situation for profit.

Kestenbaum tells TMZ, Raef will challenge the new law, presumably on grounds that it violates his First Amendment right to freedom of the press.

After today's hearing, David told reporters it's unfair Bieber got off with just a speeding ticket, while his client now faces a reckless driving charge. 

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10:26AM PST:  Kestenbaum just asked the judge to dismiss the charges. The judge has not ruled.  Raef did not enter a plea.

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1.

Faye    

Nope. It's not the same thing. The fire is news. Justin Bieber isn't.

718 days ago
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Truth    

Some bubblegum celeb driving down the freeway is a news story? How?

718 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

What an idiot!

718 days ago
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x    

BIEB'S SHOULD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED. WHAT GIVES HIM THE RIGHT 2 DRIVE THAT FAST,ANYONE ELSE WOULD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED. HE COULD HAVE JUST GOT OFF AN EXT. PERIOD ENDOF STORY

718 days ago
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Jackie    

enough with this dude...aww!!!

718 days ago
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DaveT    

Congrats Justin, your actions put a spotlight on the idiots who go beyond snapping a picture and make situations dangerous.
You're the first celeb where a paparazzi is going to be held accountable for extreme methods and dangerous tactics.
You'll go down in history. Again. Cool, bro ;)

718 days ago
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Fifty Shades of WTF    

Buuuut.... there is not a law about news reporters rushing to a fire. There IS a "Paparazzi Law". So good luck with that defense......

718 days ago
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LDB    

America is full of retards

718 days ago
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tami    

Justin is a jackarse....if you don't want to be in the spotlight.. maybe drive a car less obvious. He's a kid and thinks he's a badarse!

718 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Since when is "freedom of the press" a pass to endanger dozens of other drivers?

718 days ago
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JL    

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Watch video for Pop Star Car Chase here

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moGtJSfTpHg

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718 days ago
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Canada    

Except there's one problem here. There is no law that allows the press to "rush" to a fire. They aren't allowed to go over the speed limit anymore than Justin Bieber was. Nice try but it's not a defence.

718 days ago
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StoopidHead    

Yeah, that sounds like a good excuse. I'm sure the judge will be very understanding.

718 days ago
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kathy    

No offence, but are they that stupid? Chasing Justin Bieber in a car is the same as a news reporter rushing to a fire? How exactly is that the same? Couldnt they just used the defence that he wasnt chasing Justin and wasn't speeding? NO? So this Paul Raef pretty much admitted he was chasing Justin, and he still wants to plead not guilty? What a dummy!!

718 days ago
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lbonerq    

They are endangring regular peaple for a PHOTOGRAPH. Both Justin and the photog are idiots.

718 days ago
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