"The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from the Cook County state’s attorney to allow enforcement of a law prohibiting people from recording police officers on the job. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that found that the state’s anti-eavesdropping law violates free speech rights when used against people who tape law enforcement officers."


Supreme Court rejects plea to ban taping of police in Illinois - chicagotribune.com

Why anyone ever thought it was a good idea to criminalize citizens filming agents of the government in doing their jobs is completely beyond me.

(via tiffanyb)

Random fact: the Cook County State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, lives a couple blocks from me. Her kids go to school with mine. She does not seem like a fascist, but her position on this law makes me wonder, and will affect my thinking when she’s up for reelection, neighbor or not.

Kudos to the Supremes (and the court of appeals before them) for getting this one right.

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