Going to Illinois to exercise your First Amendment Rights?

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The Seventh Circuit Appellate Court has ruled that the Illinois Eavesdropping statute, which makes it a Class One Felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison for videorecording a police officer, is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune states that:

A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled today that Illinois’ eavesdropping law “likely violates” the First Amendment and ordered that authorities be banned from enforcing it.

The ruling from the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago is the strongest blow yet to the law, which is one of the strictest in the country and makes it illegal for people to audio record police officers in public without their consent…

In August, a Cook County jury acquitted a woman who had been charged for recording Chicago police internal affairs investigators she believed were trying to dissuade her from filing a sexual…

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