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IL Supreme Court: "Eavesdropping Law Unconstitutional"

By John Kraft & Kirk Allen

On March 21, 2014

From the Chicago Tribune:
Citizen journalists take note: The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld your constitutional right to point your iPhone at a police officer.
On Thursday, the court struck down the state’s 50-year-old eavesdropping law, which prohibited citizens from making audio recordings of conversations without first getting permission from all parties. Under the law, recording a conversation involving a cop was a Class 1 felony, with a possible 15-year prison term.
The law wasn’t meant to prevent people from using pocket-sized digital recorders to document events around them. Back then, that was the sort of thing imagined only by the writers who scripted “The Jetsons.” But as the devices became common, police and prosecutors across the state took the position that recording the sounds of public officials as they went about their jobs in public was eavesdropping.  CONTINUE READING…


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