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Photojournalist found guilty in Miami-Dade court

Miller You may remember we blogged a while back about photojournalist Carlos Miller's arrest by Miami police officers in February '07 and the journalists who stepped up to help fight for him.

(Quick recap: Miller, a freelancer, was shooting photos for an online magazine story about Miami's Upper Eastside neighborhood when he turned his attention to some officers interviewing a person on Biscayne Boulevard. Miller says the cops asked him to move on, to which he ID'd himself as a journalist and said he was allowed to take photographs on public property. They charged him with disorderly conduct, disobeying a police officer and resisting arrest without violence.)

The case finally went to court, and a jury of Miller's peers last week found him not guilty on two of the charges but guilty of resisting arrest.

What's more confusing than the conviction was the judge's harsh sentence. Even though the prosecutor only asked for three months of probation plus court costs, Judge Jose "Joe" Fernandez slapped Miller with one year of probation, 100 hours of community service, an anger management class and $540 in court costs.

Read Miller's take and updates on his blog.


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