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Judge orders Bieber video released with blackouts, arrest photos released



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. It was not immediately clear when the any of the video would be released.

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.

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lawrencefishberg March 04 2014 at 7:28 PM

He looks like a little pimpled twit.

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REALMONTANANS March 04 2014 at 8:27 PM

LOL, I agree Heidi, he's a baby trying to act tough, wonder how he's doing with that.

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carahere1 March 04 2014 at 8:32 PM

Someone needs to let him know he's not black!

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Carol Anne March 05 2014 at 10:06 AM

Please just pull your pants up and go get help

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billy March 04 2014 at 8:34 PM

send the little **** back to where he came from. evidently they don't teach little ***** like him how to behave out in public.

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poweeble March 04 2014 at 8:41 PM

Yes... he seems to be a PUNK... so are a lot of the kids these days from what I can tell... no respect for anything or anybody. However, my point is about the media exploitation of images and video that were taken when he was in custody, and should not be allowed to be passed around... especially when he hasn't had his day in court. My argument isn't just for Justin Bieber, but for anyone who hasn't been adjudicated. You should not lose your rights to privacy and decency just because you were arrested, especially for misdemeanors. I guess the media is just dying to see what he has in his britches and spread it all over the Internet... that is so pathetic.

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gkar1 March 04 2014 at 8:48 PM

okay can you idiots in the media stop reporting about this canadian douchbag already? I mean WTF already? enough! it's only a matter of time before we'll be reading he offed himself or someone shot his punk ass for wising off to them one to many times....in that case, you can report on that!

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furnad March 04 2014 at 8:54 PM

The kid definitely needs some more bad tattoos.

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joemaiz March 04 2014 at 8:55 PM

Justin is just a spoiled kid with his new wealth. But his father was such a surprise and also a disgrace!!!

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SthWestBargains March 04 2014 at 8:56 PM

I no I for one am tired of hearing about this looser, wana'be someone!! Someone needs to tell him
HE'S WHITE and NOT black and that Mr "T" starter set he thinks is so cool needs to go and do US ALL a favor and pull them fricken pants up, NOBODY wants to see your sissy underwear dude!!
What you need is to do some time just to see what it's like!! Just maybe you'll get what's coming
to you and you might come out of there a lot more "Straighter" than you went in boy!!
And STOP feeling sorry for the guy, he knows what he's doing when he does it and breaking the law should go just as hard on him like it does everyone else... he's not above the law nor is he
that good at what he does!! He thinks all the stuff he does will get him all the PR he needs to make him even more famous... WRONG, all it does is make him look like a ghetto punk!!
You better start seeing the light BOY, otherwise your day will come in court where all the money won't help you, just look at ALL the other people that thought it would!! Fricken idot!!

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