Ill. looks to video chat to obtain warrants faster
Speaking with a judge live online would make the testimony and warrant process quicker
Illinois Public Radio
MATTOON, Ill. — Illinois lawmakers are considering a plan that would make it easier for police to get search warrants. A proposal in the state legislature would allow police and judges to talk over an online video chat.
John Carroll is an assistant state's attorney in Cook County. He says getting a warrant can take more time when a judge has to hear testimony from a witness. Carroll also says it can be a problem when judges are out of town. Instead of trying to contact another one, Carroll says meeting over the Internet would speed up the process and save police time.
“The other side, the criminal community, is using technology to speed up their endeavors," Senator Dale Righter said. "Law enforcement needs to do the same thing.”