SCOTUS update – High Court Rejects Appeal on Anti-Eavesdropping Law

27 Nov

The High Court has rejected an appeal by an Illinois prosecutor to allow a law that prohibits citizens from recording police officers on the job. The 50 year old Illinois Eavesdropping Act made it a felony to produce an audio recording of that conversation without consent from all parties, and it carried a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Watchdog groups argued that the law hindered accountability and was an assault on First Amendment rights, while proponents countered that the law protected the privacy rights of both officers and civilians. They argued that having recording devices aimed at police officers would have a chilling effect on the ability of citizens to report crime in their neighborhood, putting the public at risk.

 

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