Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber was arrested by the Miami police due to DUI (Driving under the influence) charges in January 2014. He was arrested with pal Khalil Sharieff, an American contemporary R&B singer. A video footage of Bieber’s arrest has been released on the Internet wherein the pop star had to take a sobriety test by walking on the white line, but he stumbled a bit while doing so.
According to Bradenton.com, the prosecutors released nine copies of the video to reporters who paid $135 each. Some clips have been cut from the said video.
Mirror reported that Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield ordered that the clips where Bieber was seen urinating should be cut.
“Do you believe that the public has the right to see Justin Bieber urinating?” asked Judge Altfield in the report by Mirror.
Scott Ponce, lawyer of CBS and Miami Herald, responded to Judge Altfield’s remark and emphasized that the public does not have the right to see Bieber’s penis. But, he did say that Bieber’s urine test is part of the DUI case evidence.
“I believe the public has a right to see him standing behind a wall doing what we know is urinating,” added Ponce.
Judge Altfield will review the pop star’s case and announce his decision on March 4, 2014. He also cancelled Bieber’s DUI trial on March 3, 2014 until further notice.
Footage of a Miami Beach police officer patting Bieber was also released to the press in February 2014. Bieber’s camp immediately took action by filing a motion to prevent more pictures from coming out. According to the petition filed in Miami-Dade County Court, while under the care of the Miami Beach police station, some intimate body parts of the singer were captured in the video. The lawyers insisted that the release of such video can cause irreparable damage to the teen star.
However, some lawyers for several media companies claimed that under Florida’s Public Records Act, Bieber does not have the right to privacy. Under this law, all evidence such as photos or videos are considered public property once handed to the defense.
“Florida courts have long recognized that government records are presumptively open, and that the Public Records Act is to be construed liberally in favour of access,” said Deanna Shullman, a media representative.
Justin Bieber was arrested in January 2014 due to DUI and was accused of drag racing with an expired license in Miami Beach, Florida. According to Mirror, TMZ obtained the results of the drug tests administered on the pop star and it proved that he was on marijuana and Xanax (prescription anti-anxiety medication). Bieber did not plead guilty but he failed to attend the hearing last Thursday, Jan. 20, 2014.