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Ill. Judge To ACLU: Overturning Wiretapping Law Helps Gangs

September 28, 2011  | 

A senior Illinois appellate judge has said if the state's wiretapping law is overturned, gang bangers "will rejoice."

U.S. 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner made the remarks during a hearing where the American Civil Liberties Union argued that the Illinois Eavesdropping Act should be overturned to allow citizens to monitor officers.

The act prohibits members of the public from secretly recording audio of their interactions with law enforcement officers, because it requires the consent of all parties regardless of whether the conversation is public or private. Citizens can currently videotape officers without their consent.

Posner said overturning the law would help gangs monitoring each other, including allowing them to secretly record police informants.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times.

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RICHARD L ISAACS @ 10/3/2011 7:59 PM


siverbull8 @ 10/14/2011 2:43 AM

If a conversation is conducted in a public place, i.e. along side a road between a cop and citizen, and the citizen isn't attaching to a wire, but merely recording audible sound waves, then there is no wiretapping or eaves dropping. Eavesdropping relates to surreptitious recording of others no party to the conversation. But, if I am talking with someone, in public, I can record the light waves and sound waves striking my body. And I shall. I am always recording. I'ts how I roll.

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