Judge orders Bieber video released with blackouts - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Judge orders Bieber video released with blackouts

Posted: Updated:

By CURT ANDERSON

AP Legal Affairs Writer

MIAMI (AP) -- Remaining police video clips of Justin Bieber after his January arrest will be made public with sensitive portions blacked out to protect the singer's privacy, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said two of the five unreleased video clips depict the singer's genitalia during a urine test for drugs at the Miami Beach Police Department. Altfield agreed with lawyers for Bieber, who turned 20 on Saturday, that the video's airing would be an invasion of privacy that outweighed the public's right to know.

"Mr. Bieber's right to privacy is paramount," the judge said. "He has not lost his right to privacy, and that is what is important here."

Attorneys for The Associated Press and other news outlets had previously suggested any sensitive portions be blacked out and the rest released under Florida's liberal open records laws. Much of the footage was released last week, some of them showing Bieber walking unsteadily during a sobriety test.

Bieber has pleaded not guilty to charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and driving with an expired license. He and R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff were arrested early on Jan. 23 during what police called an illegal street drag race between a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. Neither has been charged with drag racing.

Bieber attorney Roy Black said he was satisfied with the ruling, as did media attorneys. AP attorney Deanna Shullman said the news organization would never show Bieber's private parts and Scott Ponce, representing The Miami Herald and CBS television stations, said the ruling was more about protecting the singer from random releases on the Internet.

"It's more about what someone in the private sector might do," Ponce said.

Black said the three clips to be released without redaction are shot from an angle that is too far away to discern what is going on. Prosecutors said they will release all five remaining clips in a few days, after the court-ordered redactions are completed.

Separately, the Miami Beach Police Department made public a new batch of 18 still photos taken shortly after Bieber's arrest, mainly close-ups of his many tattoos -- a praying Jesus, a grinning joker's face accompanied by the word "love," an Indian chief's head, a Psalms quotation, and more -- and one full-length picture of the singer.

Evidence released previously showed that a breath test found Bieber's blood-alcohol level below the .02 threshold considered intoxicated for underage drivers. The urine test found the presence of the active ingredient in marijuana and the antianxiety drug Xanax. Bieber told officers he had been smoking marijuana before his arrest, according to police reports.

A trial date has not been set. Altfield set another status conference for next week in the case.

----------

Follow Curt Anderson on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Miamicurt

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • On Deco DriveMore>>

  • Hercules

    Hercules

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:20:40 GMT
    You know what they say about a man that has a big foot and long hair? Yeah, that they would make a really good Hercules. And while Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock has big feet, well he needed a little help in the hair department. Tonight The Rock is talking about how he became Hercules; everything from his feet, hair and to that fabulous body.
    You know what they say about a man that has a big foot and long hair? Yeah, that they would make a really good Hercules. And while Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock has big feet, well he needed a little help in the hair department. Tonight The Rock is talking about how he became Hercules; everything from his feet, hair and to that fabulous body.
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue - Toying with the Audience

    Planes: Fire & Rescue - Toying with the Audience

    Monday, July 21 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-07-22 00:19:35 GMT
    Dane CookDane Cook
    Being a hero isn't easy. Just ask the cast of "Planes: Fire and Rescue." We did. Check it out.
    Being a hero isn't easy. Just ask the cast of "Planes: Fire and Rescue." We did. Check it out.
  • Keith Lorren

    Keith Lorren

    Friday, July 18 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-07-19 01:53:29 GMT
    Combine a game show, a SoFlo chef and a race against the clock and what do you get? A good meal and a good show. There's a local chef who winning over Deco and he get's a chance to win over a national audience soon.
    Combine a game show, a SoFlo chef and a race against the clock and what do you get? A good meal and a good show. There's a local chef who winning over Deco and he get's a chance to win over a national audience soon.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Hospitalized Nazi guard suspect, 89, gets bail

    Hospitalized Nazi guard suspect, 89, gets bail

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:32:47 GMT
    An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect who was jailed while awaiting extradition to Germany has been granted bail after being hospitalized.
    An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect who was jailed while awaiting extradition to Germany has been granted bail after being hospitalized.
  • California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

    California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:21:11 GMT
    A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
  • Man convicted of enslaving woman gets 30 years

    Man convicted of enslaving woman gets 30 years

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:10:57 GMT
    A man accused of enslaving a mentally disabled woman in northeast Ohio is set to be sentenced in federal court in Youngstown.
    An Ohio man convicted along with his girlfriend of enslaving a mentally disabled woman for two years through intimidation, threats and abuse was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in federal prison.
  • National SportsMore>>

  • Racehorse owned by Britain's queen fails dope test

    Racehorse owned by Britain's queen fails dope test

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:21 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:21:03 GMT
    A racehorse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II that won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for the banned substance morphine.
    A racehorse owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II that won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year has tested positive for the banned substance morphine.
  • Jets eliminating paper season tickets

    Jets eliminating paper season tickets

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-07-22 19:10:50 GMT
    The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders, while offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly.
    The New York Jets are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders and offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly.
  • Clippers CEO, Shelly Sterling expected to testify

    Clippers CEO, Shelly Sterling expected to testify

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:11 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:11:52 GMT
    Richard Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, is due to step into the battle of billionaires going on in probate court over the proposed sale of the Los Angeles Clippers.
    Richard Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, is due to step into the battle of billionaires in probate court over the proposed sale of the NBA team.
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.