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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Courts - " Illinois Eavesdropping Law Assailed on Appeal"

The ILB had a number of entries in 2012 about an Illinois under the heading "Woman who recorded cops acquitted of felony eavesdropping charges". Yesterday a related case re the Illinois Eavesdropping Act was argued in front of the Illinois Supreme Court. Jack Bouboushian of Courthouse News Service has a long and detailed story about the oral argument and the case, including a number of links. The story begins:

CHICAGO (CN) - Technological improvements that make covert recordings easier than ever require updating the eavesdropping law in Illinois, not trashing it, a state's attorney told the Illinois Supreme Court today.

The court is considering the constitutionality of the law after a woman prosecuted under it was incarcerated for over 18 months before her trial ended with a hung jury.

Annabel Melongo was once an employee of the Save-A-Life Foundation, an Illinois charity that has been accused of dishonesty or financial impropriety. After secretly recording her phone conversations with a Cook County court reporter and posting those tapes on a personal website, she was charged in 2010 with violating the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, a law that requires a person to obtain the consent of anyone whose conversation he records.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 15, 2014 03:45 PM
Posted to Courts in general