Paul Raef is the first person to be charged under California's new "Paparazzi Law," which makes it a crime to endanger civilians while shooting photos or video. Paul has been charged with one count of violating that law and one count of reckless driving, which both carry a six-month sentence! However, his laywer David Kestenbaum told TMZ that Paul will plead not guilty because he was simply doing his job and it violates his First Amendment right to freedom of the press.
David said that Paul is just like a news reporter covering a breaking story. In other words, if there's a fire, you rush to it by any means necessary. If Biebs is on the highway, it's his constitutional right to get the photo by any means necessary. David also told reporters it's unfair that Justin got off with just a speeding ticket while Paul could be headed to jail, especially since both of them were driving on an LA highway at speeds topping 100 MPH.
Somehow, we don't see a judge buying this. Freedom of the press doesn't mean intentionally putting others in danger, period. That applies to Justin and freedom from the press too.
Do you think the paparazzo should be locked up?
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