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Day One of my trial

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You know the prosecutor is desperate when he asks the judge to order me to stop blogging about my case. Judge Jose Fernandez did not even want to hear it, overruling him in seconds. The prosecutor, Ignacio Vazquez, told the judge that by me proclaiming my innocence on a public fo ...
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Not even politicians with cameras are safe from assaults

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A 61-year-old city councilor from Massachusetts was taking pictures outside of a residence when a 19-year-old punk stormed out of the house and punched him in the jaw. Revere City Councilman Ira Novoselsky fell to the ground, cutting his head open on the concrete and ended up with ...
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My trial begins Monday

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Five weeks after my trial was delayed because prosecutors were unprepared to proceed in front of a news camera, my trial is set to begin again. This time, the trial is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on Monday, June 16th, in Courtroom 2-11 in the Justice Building, 1351 N.W. 12th St. Glen ...

Massachusetts judge drops charges against "terrorist" photographer

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He was a Russian. He had a camera. And he was photographing a natural gas tank. So naturally police thought he was a terrorist. Police in Lynn, Mass. became so suspicious of Stanislav Arkhipov, they not only arrested him on trespassing charges, they ended up contacting the State ...

Photograpy is Not a Crime: The Movie

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You’ve read the blog, soon you will see the the movie. I have been working with a local film group on a documentary about photographer’s rights and the First Amendment. The title of the film will naturally be Photography is not a Crime. The movie is in its initial ...
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Liberty, Mississippi is anything but

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In a town called Liberty, Edwin Merino was stripped of his First Amendment rights. The 30-year-old celebrity photographer was arrested in the tiny Mississippi town earlier this week after photographing Jamie Lynn Spears and her fiance at a gas station. The Los Angeles photographe ...
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Seattle Police Department issues new policy regarding photographers

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It took an unlawful arrest and an embarrasing $8,000 settlement, but the Seattle Police Department has issued a new policy clarifying that citizens are within their rights to document police activity, as long as they are not interfering with the investigation. The newly issued poli ...