Bill Aimed Aimed At Protecting Kids From Paparazzi Becomes Law
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a bill aimed at preventing paparazzi from harassing the children of celebrities. The bill, introduced by state Sen. Kevin de LeÃ³n and spearheaded by actress Halle Berry, bars anyone from recording or photographing a children of public figures in a manner that seriously alarms, annoys, torments, or terrorizes them. Conviction for doing so could result in a one-year jail sentence or a $10,000 fine. The measure had been opposed by the California Newspaper Publishers' Association and the National Press Photographers Association, who expressed First Amendment concerns. But de LeÃ³n countered that the legislation is not aimed at preventing photographers from photographing children, only at their behavior while doing so.