Justin Bieber Photog Justifies Car Chase

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 our sources … 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 our sources Raef will challenge the new law, presumably on grounds that it violates his First Amendment right to freedom of the press.

10:26AM PST:  Kestenbaum just asked the judge to dismiss the charges.  The judge has not ruled.  Raef did not enter a plea.