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Illinois’ eavesdropping law struck down

March 24, 2014

It’s now completely legal to record your local police officers.

In fact, it may be completely legal to record any conversation now that Illinois Draconian eavesdropping law was struck down last week by the Illinois Supreme Court.

We didn’t think this was all that significant, but our trusted advisers and associates corrected us.

State Supreme Court strikes down eavesdropping law

(Chicago Tribune) – Hours after the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the state’s eavesdropping statute on Thursday, Annabel Melongo reflected on the 20 months she spent locked up in the Cook County Jail under the now-unconstitutional law.

Melongo said she had been ordered held on a six-figure bond typically given repeat or violent offenders for recording three telephone conversations she had with a court reporter supervisor at the Leighton Criminal Court Building about the policy for correcting a hearing transcript.

“It’s not easy,” Melongo, 41, a Cameroon native who came to the U.S. after studying in Germany, said of her time in jail. “I went through all the emotional states you can imagine. Sometimes I was crying, sometimes I could not sleep.”

“And I don’t even…” she said, breaking off before describing being accosted by another inmate. “They say what doesn’t kill you makes you strong and believe me, when I got out of jail, there’s nothing in the world that can actually kill me now.”

The Supreme Court ruling means the state legislature may need to draft a law that will allow people to make certain public recordings while also protecting legitimately private conversations, according to attorneys on the case and legislators.

3 Responses to Illinois’ eavesdropping law struck down

  1. Oh historic days!! on March 24, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Just getting ready for the new concealed recording permits this site must be eager to champion. Heck, make it a two fer and get behind that “authorized journalist” or “legitimate journalist” permit coming down the pike.

    After all, it’s “the best deal we can get”, right?

    • Jakebob on March 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      slowly set the tinfoil hat down and back away…

      (the moon landings weren’t faked either)

  2. Dean Weingarten on March 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Excellent news. She should get a six figure payout form the Arresting officers and the Judges that put her in jail.