Sunday, December 2, 2012

Illinois Eavesdropping Law Overturned by U.S. Federal Court

The Illinois Eavesdropping Act passed in 1961 was over turned by the 7th District United States Circuit Court of Appeals back in May of this year. This law made it illegal to film on duty police officers. But the proponents of the law brought it to the Supreme Court last month, where the highest court in the land refused to hear the case of the Illinois state government. In doing so, the last ruling on the law was the final word.

This is seen as a victory by man liberals and libertarians across the nation. They make the argument that the right to film police officers is needed to keep corrupt cops in check. Many films have risen showing abuse of power by police all over the country and the world. Many of them, in fact, were brought to justice due to citizens being allowed to film them.

This ruling stands as a testament that the people are tired of overbearing tyrants (even those from decades ago) eradicating our freedom. Thanks to the good people for keeping this law at the top of discussion. The video that resulted in the hype over the fifty year old law was about a man in Southern Illinois that was sentenced to 75 years in prison over filming the police (though, the charges were later dropped). This got me interested especially since it happened in the town I work in. Again, thank you to the people who kept this law at the front of our minds.