Photographer Faces Prison For Minor Arrests

Here is a very, very interesting story from the New York Times about a photographer who is facing years in prison after two recent arrests on relatively minor charges. The photographer, Jason Nicholas, shoots for the New York Post in the finest tabloid tradition, chasing down stories by listening to his police scanner, a la Weegee. Police have arrested him twice at crime scenes, once for . After one arrest his Nikons were confiscated. But prior to his photo career, Nicholas spent 13 years years

Here is a very, very interesting story from the New York Times about a photographer who is facing years in prison after two recent arrests on relatively minor charges. The photographer, Jason Nicholas, shoots for the New York Post in the finest tabloid tradition, chasing down stories by listening to his police scanner, a la Weegee. Police have arrested him twice at crime scenes, once for "obstructing governmental administration". After one arrest his Nikons were confiscated. But prior to his photo career, Nicholas spent 13 years years in prison for manslaughter. His recent arrests could put him back behind bars for a long time. Nicholas may not have made himself popular with the cops, but the bottom line here is that he was doing his job. Opinions?
Photo here by Tyler Hicks for the New York Times.
--David Schonauer

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