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Justin Bieber pleads guilty in deal in Florida


BY CURT ANDERSON

MIAMI (AP) - Pop singer Justin Bieber pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor charges of careless driving and resisting arrest seven months after his arrest in Miami Beach following what police initially called an illegal street drag race.

The 20-year-old pop star's plea deal with prosecutors, detailed at a court hearing, includes a 12-hour anger management course, a $50,000 charitable contribution and fines. The deal allows Bieber to avoid a driving under the influence conviction.

Bieber was not present at the hearing before Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield. Defense attorney Mark Shapiro said Bieber had already given the $50,000 to a local children's charity.

Bieber was arrested early Jan. 23 in Miami Beach after what police described as an illegal street race between Bieber's rented Lamborghini and a Ferrari driven by R&B singer Khalil Amir Sharieff. Neither was charged with drag racing and there was little evidence they were even exceeding posted speed limits.

Alcohol breath tests found Bieber's level below the 0.02 limit for underage drivers, but urine tests showed the presence of marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system. Bieber was also charged with resisting arrest after a profanity-laced tirade against police officers, as well as driving on an expired license.

The urine test itself became a battle between media companies, including The Associated Press, that sought access to video of the test and Bieber's lawyers arguing it was an invasion of privacy. Ultimately, Altfield ordered the video released with sensitive portions blacked out. Other police video depicted Bieber walking unsteadily during a sobriety test.

In July, Bieber resolved another criminal case by pleading no contest to a misdemeanor vandalism charge for throwing eggs at a neighbor's house in Los Angeles. In that case, Bieber agreed to pay more than $80,000 in damages and meet a number of other conditions.

Bieber is also charged in Toronto with assaulting a limousine driver in late December. His lawyers have said he is not guilty in that case.

Also in Miami, Bieber is being sued by a photographer who says he was roughed up while snapping pictures of the singer outside a recording studio.

The Canadian-born Bieber shot to stardom at age 15, with his career overseen by two music industry heavyweights, singer Usher and manager Scooter Braun, after initially gaining notice through YouTube videos. He was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2010 full-length album debut "My World 2.0."

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Linda August 13 2014 at 6:55 AM

So, was that 50 grand more of a pay off so he would not have to do jail time? Hmmmm. I swear this PUNK needs to be sent back to CANADA. Let that country deal with this mess of a kid. I think the US is sick of him and would like to see him sent back.

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Daryl August 13 2014 at 6:48 AM

50,000. what a joke. Pocket change for the punk. Make it 300,000. and get his attention. Throw is sorry little self in jail and let him publically pick up trash along the highway. Then 10 year probation. They should not make "deals" with criminals.

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alans022 August 13 2014 at 6:54 AM

If this little a-hole didn't have his bodyguards around him day and night, he would get the crap beaten out of him daily.

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ram4131 alans022 August 13 2014 at 6:05 PM

LMAO

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TR by ML Neal... alans022 August 14 2014 at 12:37 AM

He needs a little "grandma love"....just tear that azz up. Yeah corporal punishment an old fashion butt-whoooping.

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Mike August 13 2014 at 8:22 AM

So he wasn't drunk, and he wasn't speeding... but he was high (on illegal drugs and un-prescribed medication) and he didn't have a valid driver's license... Let someone check the court records for someone else who did the same thing (some non-celebrity) and see what was the judgement then. I doubt it was a slap on the wrist and an insignificant fine ($30,000 IS insignificant to someone like this).
I am sick to death of people with wealth or status getting special treatment in court.
Someone said something about community service... I agree! Let him work on the side of the road picking up garbage, let him clean toilets in a public park or some other menial task.

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tomkota August 13 2014 at 7:46 AM

send him packing to canada please...

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threetoyo tomkota August 13 2014 at 10:51 AM

as all other Canadians, I dont want them in my state

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doonooch threetoyo August 14 2014 at 9:46 AM

do you know how ridiculous that sounds?

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janka51 tomkota August 13 2014 at 3:32 PM

he couldn't get in that country ,only a take anything country like US would let him in

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SEABRAT3 August 13 2014 at 7:10 AM

I KNEW IT, MONEY TALKS AND BULL **** WALKS.

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schlauger1 SEABRAT3 August 13 2014 at 2:26 PM

I hate your all-caps response, but I do agree.

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tmspitrow schlauger1 August 13 2014 at 9:07 PM

I LIKE THE CAPS.
I CAN SEE THE PRINT BETTER.
WHEN YOU GET OLDER,YOU WILL WANT CAPS

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Keith SEABRAT3 August 14 2014 at 5:42 AM

SEABRAT3, I think in this case money walked and talked.

BTW, I wonder if the Judge on this case "recommended" what charity Bieber gave the 50 grand to?

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irene6320 August 13 2014 at 10:52 AM

Who makes the laws, these plea deals are a joke, Hollywood or these supposedly singers choose their punishment, a tax paying citizen would be in jail, mockery of our court system , just part of where America is going...down

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threetoyo irene6320 August 13 2014 at 11:12 AM

Once someone has been a ***** they will always be a ***** can and will be purchased again.

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MICHAEL August 13 2014 at 6:38 AM

Can't he just be sent back to Canada as persona non grata? The kid is a mess

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Michelle CD MICHAEL August 13 2014 at 1:20 PM

They don't want him back there either!

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hislonv MICHAEL August 14 2014 at 1:06 AM

They deported him to the USA. Why? Because we are the only country that would take him.
He needs to be in a cage for a long time.

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bigcatdaddy August 13 2014 at 7:11 AM

..................and who says money can't buy eveything?

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dwtomczyk August 13 2014 at 6:08 AM

if you do the crime pay the ttime

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eaglephoenix2 dwtomczyk August 14 2014 at 8:53 AM

bs. a travesty of justice. but I'm not surprised. examples need to be made by showing no one is above the law, not that if you've got enough money you can buy justice. did justice turn into a ho?

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Beverly Doyle eaglephoenix2 August 14 2014 at 12:55 PM

Best comment I've read so far. For his sake and for the sake of all law-abiding citizens everywhere, justice needs to treat everyone the same way.

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