[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that the public videotaping of police at work does not constitute a crime under the Illinois eavesdropping statute. The suit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU-IL) [advocacy website] to challenge a 1961 Illinois eavesdropping law on First Amendment [Cornell LII backgrounder] free speech grounds. That law contains provisions that would make the act of videotaping law enforcement in public...

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