Illinois Police Recording Law Blocked By Supreme Court

Nov 27, 2012

By Michael Tarm

CHICAGO — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered another blow to a 50-year-old anti-eavesdropping law in Illinois, choosing to let stand a lower court finding that key parts of the hotly debated law run counter to constitutional protections of free speech.

In that critical lower-court ruling in May, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law – one of the toughest of its kind in the country – violates the First Amendment when used against those who record police officers doing their jobs in public.

[NPPA had joined other media groups in fighting the Illinois law in court.]

Read Tarm's story about the Supreme Court's decision here.