On February 4th 2010, I was photographing 2 graffiti artists painting a mural in Los Angeles as part of the Artist portrait series. This body of work involves documenting artists both in their lives and in the process of their artwork. I was arrested and initially charged with Felony Vandalism. My cameras, my tools with which I earn a living were taken as evidence. My charges were later lowered to a Misdemeanor and the changed to “Aiding and Abetting” which carries the same sentence as the crime of Vandalism/Graffiti.
I have gone through the several stages of this case and my next step is the Jury Trial which takes place on May 11th. If I lose my case I can face up to a Year in Jail and have my license suspended.
I’ve recently started a legal defense fund to try to cover the costs to hire a private attorney and related legal expenses.
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