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Judge tosses anti-paparazzi counts in Bieber case

Charge against a photographer accused of recklessly pursuing Justin dismissed

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  • Published: 17:21 November 15, 2012
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  • Singer Justin Bieber performs at the Izod Center on November 9, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

A judge has dismissed a charge against a photographer accused of recklessly pursuing Justin Bieber.

Freelancer Paul Raef was the first person charged under a new California law targeting reckless driving by paparazzi seeking shots of celebrities.

Los Angeles Judge Thomas Rubinson dismissed the charge Wednesday after hearing arguments from an attorney for Raef.

Rubinson said the law is overly broad and he cited numerous problems with its construction. Raef's attorneys argued the law was unconstitutional.

The photographer still faces counts for reckless driving and for following other cars too closely.

Prosecutors allege he chased Bieber at more than 80 mph (128 kph) and forced other motorists to avoid collisions while Raef tried to get shots of the teen heartthrob.

Raef has not yet entered a plea in the case.

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