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Monday, November 26, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Illinois Eavesdropping Law

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear the case from Illinois about the secret recording of police officers, leaving in place a lower court injunction against use of a state law to prohibit the practice.  Alvarez v. ACLU involved a lawsuit filed by the ACLU to block prosecution of ACLU staff from recording recorded police officers in the performance of their public duties.  By their refusal to hear the case, the Supreme Court effectively blocked enforcement of the Illinois eavesdropping law.

Post Authored by Julie Tappendorf, Ancel Glink.

1 comment:

  1. The illinoiscorruption.net has issued an informational video and a press release, to help the media and the general public in the upcoming oral argument at the Illinois Supreme Court hearing in Annabel Melongo’s eavesdropping case. The hearing is scheduled for January 14th, 2014, at the 18th floor of the Michael A. Bilandic Building, 160 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago at 9.30 am.

    Video: http://www.illinoiscorruption.net/common/video-pressrelease.html
    Press Release: http://www.illinoiscorruption.net/common/pressrelease.html

    Please support this cause. The Illinois Eavesdropping law at its very core creates a two-class legal system wherein the conversations of the powerful and well-connected are protected to the detriment of the less powerful. The upcoming oral argument presents a unique opportunity for the common citizen to re-establish that legal balance that will unequivocally establish a right to record public officials in their public duties.

    Therefore, please contribute to this all-important hearing by either attending it, writing about it, spreading the word or just forwarding the below video and press release to anybody who might be of any help.