Saturday, March 3, 2012

Illinois "eavesdropping" statute ruled unconstitutional

A while back I posted about the Illinois "eavesdropping" law that makes it a felony to make audio recordings of police officers going about their business in public. I opined that the law is unconstitutional, at least as applied to that conduct.

Yesterday, a Cook County judge agreed with me and struck down the law.

In other news, a bill is pending in Springfield that would allow people to
record the conversation of a law enforcement officer who is performing a public duty in a public place and any other person who is having a conversation with that law enforcement officer if the conversation is at a volume audible to the unassisted ear of the person who is making the recording.
So I guess it would still be a felony to record a cop who is whispering.

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