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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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Carol Anne March 05 2014 at 10:06 AM

Please just pull your pants up and go get help

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goodlucktu March 05 2014 at 7:25 AM

Just when you think he is gone.. he shows up again..

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anthony March 04 2014 at 8:26 PM

There's a reason why there is a place for "distinguishing marks or tattoos" in police reports...because the criminals always have them. Pay attention to the police mugshots and you will see this for yourself. And Beiber is no different as you can see confirming this theory.

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Jack March 04 2014 at 8:27 PM

Justin who? Looks like any other zit faced adolecent with a cocky attitude!

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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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Tom Keplinger March 05 2014 at 7:09 AM

Such a little fool ! He looks and acts like a total thug !

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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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ted stokes March 04 2014 at 10:10 PM

I am sorry, not for him but US who have to put up with the press that can't stop putting thios fool in the news.
What a rolle model for your kids.....NOT!!!

Send him to jail where anyine else that has done what he has WOULD BE!!!

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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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Debbie March 05 2014 at 7:08 AM


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