Another blow for state's anti-eavesdropping law
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois free-speech advocates have welcomed a U.S. Supreme Court decision that delivers another blow to one of the country's most stringent anti-eavesdropping laws.
The high court Monday rejected an Illinois prosecutor's plea and let stand a key lower-court ruling.
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in May that Illinois' law violates free-speech rights when used against people who tape police in public. Violators face a maximum 15-year prison term.
The law's opponents say the right to record police helps guard against police abuses.
An American Civil Liberties Union's lawyer, Harvey Grossman, says Monday's decision kicks the case back to a U.S. District Court. A federal judge could now make a temporary injunction against the law permanent.
There are already moves afoot by state legislators to change the law.