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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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I'm A Lawyer    

The world would fall apart if we didn't get a new Justin Bieber picture. He's like the most important person in the world.............Wish both of those tards would drive off a cliff.

744 days ago
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MISSA    

The difference between him and real news is that they are fallowing fires, murders, robberies, and police chases. He is trying to get a picture of JB in his car, that’s not important news no one cares that JB was driving his chrome car or who was in the car with him. Paul Raef is an idiot.

744 days ago
18.

Dennis    

One glarring difference ... a reporter rushing to a fire is going to COVER the news; a paparazzo chasing a car down the freeway IS the news. Without the paparazzi there IS no news.

744 days ago
19.

Caterina    

Hmm...smells like bull sh*t. Justin Bieber isn't news, he's annoying.

744 days ago
20.

OhWell    

Auto Tuned
Little Brat.

744 days ago
21.

kathy    

If the judge throws this case out, how are the paparazzi ever going to know their limits? And im not saying this because its Justin Bieber, i mean with all celebrities! They need to know what they can and can't do, and chasing celebrities while they are driving shouldnt be allowed!

744 days ago
22.

moe l.    

Bieber needs to go away......permanently.......what an annoying conceited little bitch.

744 days ago
23.

Texas-Writer    

Total baloney! A reporter has no more legal authority to speed than any ordinary citizen. These morons seem to think they are some life-saving service like the EMS. They cause far more problems than they help.

744 days ago
24.

Carl    

I forgot about the clause in the constitution that allows news reporters to break speed and driving laws.

744 days ago
25.

fyi    

cant stand beiber but, this pap should get a new lawyer. reporters can chase a fire, absolutely, until police deem it is unsafe for them to do so. thats why police only let reporters so far into a crime scene or a fire scene so that they dont become part of the problem.

744 days ago
26.

Sapphiegirl    

This guy is an effin idiot! I'm sorry but unless you are an emergency response employee driving an emergency reponse vehicle with the proper sirens & lights, then you HAVE NO JUSTIFICATION for endangering every single motorist on road so he "can chase his story" Does he think that if he is invovled in a high speed chase for his story and he causes a collision with an INNOCENT BYSTANDER THAT RESULTED IN INJURY OR DEATH, that he should not be held accountable for collision, injury or death of someone NOT INVOLVED IN HIS PRECIOUS STORY

744 days ago
27.

the truth     

Ok your all dumb as ****. Wouldn't you be speeding if 4 cars were following you? Thought so... Your all acting like bitches just cause its Justin Bieber. If it were anyone else you would act different. Bieber is an amazing artist and i suggest you go listen to his new album "Believe" and come back on an opinion on him.

744 days ago
28.

Liz    

The Constitution was also written at a time when you had the right to bare arms it took you one minute to fire two shots. The freedom of speech was before you could bully someone online to the point where they would commit suicide, and the freedom of press was before you were chasing a d-bag celebrity down a crowded freeway at 80+ mph.

I can't stand when some people hide behind something that was written and meant for a different time.

744 days ago
29.

ManiacalZebra    

Nothing excuses Justine from speeding in the first place. They were trying to shoot him with cameras, not guns.

744 days ago
30.

whatevs    

What a moronic defense. Prepare for your guilty verdict, dumb*ss!

744 days ago
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