Appeals panel backs Bieber: Calif. anti-paparazzi law appears legal
Justin Bieber is shown at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, in Los Angeles, on Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo / Invision / John Shearer)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, January 31, 2013 8:01PM EST
LOS ANGELES - An appeals panel says California's anti-paparazzi statute appears to be constitutional based on a brief filed by prosecutors.
A preliminary statement by three judges in Los Angeles requires a judge who dismissed charges aimed at a paparazzo who authorities say was driving recklessly to review his order. The judge may stick to his ruling, which would trigger a full appeal, or he could schedule further arguments on the case against freelance photographer Paul Raef.
Raef was the first person charged under the new law after a high-speed chase involving Justin Bieber last year.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson dismissed two charges in November, ruling the law is too broad and is unconstitutional.
Raef's attorney David S. Kestenbaum says he is asking Rubinson to stand by his ruling and allow a full appeal.