03/04/2012

Judge: Ill. eavesdropping law unconstitutional

Under the law, recording public officials in public places can be illegal

Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois law against recording conversations has been ruled unconstitutional for the second time in a year.

The law makes it a felony to record conversations without the consent of everyone involved. Even recording public officials in public places can be illegal.

Cook County Judge Stanley Sacks ruled the law unconstitutional Friday, saying it could criminalize "wholly innocent conduct."

The ruling involves the 2009 arrest of artist Christopher Drew for selling his work without a permit. Police charged him with illegal eavesdropping after learning he was recording the arrest.

A Crawford County judge has also ruled against the law. That case is being appealed.

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