Illinois Supreme Court Finds Eavesdropping Law Unconstitutional

Mar 21, 2014

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled the state’s eavesdropping law is unconstitutional. The law made it illegal to record anyone without their permission. Gabe Plotkin is one of the attorneys who fought to have the rules thrown out.

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"Citizens have a right to record what their government actors are doing in public and this statute said, 'no you can’t, and if you do we will prosecute you.' By striking down the statute on its face, it’s a victory for the people in Illinois who want to make sure that their government is acting as it should be."

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez fought to keep the law. Plotkin says the new law would have to find a way to prohibit recording private conversations, but not all conversations.