December 24, 2013

In this installment of the “Content Matters” column, Jenner & Block Partner Andrew J. “A.J.” Thomas and Associate Nary Kim explore the California Legislature’s “love-hate” relationship with the  First Amendment’s freedom of the press protection, especially when that protection conflicts with celebrities’ desires for privacy.  In particular, the authors examine Senate Bill 606, the so-called “Halle Berry Law,” which passed in September 2013 and modifies the existing definition of criminal harassment.   “While the existing harassment law is designed to protect the children of persons engaged in high-profile or controversial occupations (e.g., lawyers and judges) from violence or retaliation by members of the public, the photography-specific amendments reflect a categorical hostility toward ‘paparazzi’ photojournalists,” they observe