Celebrities

Judge Blocks Use of Calif. Anti-Paparazzi Law

Can't pass laws that specifically penalize activities protected by First Amendment

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LOS ANGELES—A judge dealt a blow Wednesday to a California law meant to crack down on reckless driving by paparazzi by saying the statute is overly broad and should not be used against the first photographer charged under its provisions.

Superior Court Judge Thomas Rubinson dismissed counts filed under the law against Paul Raef, who was charged in July with being involved in a high-speed pursuit of Justin Bieber.

The 2010 law raised the penalty for those who drive dangerously in pursuit of photos for commercial gain.