Jun 6, 2009

Photographer loses First Amendment case

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by Oakland Tribune photographer Ray Chavez in which he alleged an Oakland police officer had violated his First Amendment right to cover news as a member of the press.

In May 2007, Chavez was handcuffed and arrested after he stopped his car on the highway to take pictures of a traffic accident. Chavez's lawyer plans to appeal the decision.

The photographer will also pursue a lawsuit in state court, where he'll probably have better luck, since state law grants journalists greater protections when trying to access accident scenes.

Also, why Chavez isn't being represented by an attorney from the newspaper?

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