Challenging California’s Anti-Paparazzi Law

The first case challenging the Constitutionality of California’s 2010 anti-paparazzi law is headed to court and the National Press Photographers Association is joining in.

The law applies penalties to working photographers for driving infractions that differ from those applies to non-photographers.

The appeal points out that the statute creates different punishments for individuals breaking the same driving laws. For example, a person driving too closely behind another car could receive a $100 fine, but a photojournalist driving in the exact same manner could receive a fine of $2,500 and up to six months in jail.

Mark E. Johnson

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