New Anti-Paparazzi Law in California


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 2479 into Law, making it a crime for paparazzi and others to follow recklessly in a vehicle in order to secure footage.

It will now also be against the law for paparazzi types to block a person’s path as they try to get away. Readers might remember that Princess Diana’s driver crashed the vehicle killing all but the bodyguard in an effort to escape from the paparazzi’s glare in Paris.

Private Investigator Jesse Martell thinks that the law should be more restrictive, allowing only P.I.s and Law Enforcement Officials to conduct vehicle surveillance. This is how the law is written in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Clients are often surprised and shocked to discover that they can not follow their spouse, significant other or employee in order to catch them cheating or stealing. Clients should always be aware of the law.

If information is obtained in an illegal manner (and sometime even Police and private investigators are guilty of this),that information is classed as “fruit of the poisonous tree” and will be thrown out of court.

It would appear as if there will be less scuffles between Executive Protection Agents and the paparazzi in the future – at least in California. We will have to wait to see if the old phrase holds true: “As does California, so does the rest of the Country”.

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