Photog Convicted p.18

By: Editorial Staff Steve Keegan, a newspaper photographer arrested last summer while photographing riots at a Reno, Nev., car festival, was found guilty of obstructing officers at the scene. As an intern at the Reno Gazette-Journal, Keegan covered last year's ""Hot August Nights,"" Reno's annual classic car festival. The show erupted into riots which Keegan attempted to photograph until police arrested him for allegedly interfering in police matters.
A municiapl judge found Keegan guilty and fined him $1,320 along with 80 hours of community service. According to The Associated Press, the judge said that Keegan entered a police perimeter and came within a few feet of an officer making an arrest despite admonitions to get back.
Keegan, now a Los Angeles Times employee, and Mark Studyvin, another photographer, were arrested and convicted for obstructing and resisting officers. The Gazette-Journal says it may appeal the ruling.
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