Illinois Man Faces 75 Years for Recording LEO conversation

Illinois Man Faces 75 Years for Recording LEO conversation

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    Illinois Man Faces 75 Years for Recording LEO conversation

    No joke...5 Class 1 felony charges have been files against an Illinois man for audio recording conversations with Police Officers without their permission...

    Valley Man Faces 75 Years In Prison For Recording Law Enforcement - MyWabashValley.com

    Note: You need to watch the video to get the full story

    It appears Illinois is really crapping on the Constitution...here, its the First Amendment...

    We all know how they treat the Second Amendment...
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    Will be interesting to see how this plays out, would love to be on the jury, perfect case for jury nullification.
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    I don't see hows its a 1st amendment violation, but 75 years?! Wow.
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    Never thought my cell phone could land me in more trouble then my gun. Let see if I understand this. It all started with a guy recording in a court room. Not a good idea to argue with a Judge. Then the SA decided to show the world how bad IL laws are by adding 4 more charges for recording in public places. IMO You should be able to record anything you want in public spaces. Hopefully IL will fix this law, but I have my doubts. From a outsiders point of view, IL appears to be a thug government and they will want control over information.

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    Warning! Warning! Warning!

    If you are living in Illinois: GET OUT NOW!
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    In Illinois you can get all the justice money can buy!

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    Wow. The punishment here does not seem to fit the crime. Additionally, if the news reporters recorded their conversation with the deputy that inquired why they were shooting video in a unused courtroom, they, by their own admission on the tape, have recorded a cop and should be facing the same fate as the "perp" in the story.

    If the video is right, there are 13 states where it is illegal to record a cop, in any way, while he is on duty. The most interesting quote in the story was that if you are talking to the cops and you are recording the exact same conversation as the cops, they are home free, you are a felon. If this makes any sense to someone here, please explain it - I don't get that as being reasonable except in a police state. I could see it if the same rules applied to everyone - equal protection under the law - but not in a bifurcated system as appears to exist now.
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    Outside of specific incidents where recording could have a detrimental effect on the outcome of an incident it sounds like a CS law that could easily breed unprofessionalism.
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    It's hard to twist the truth or lie when it's recorded,The PD I worked for issued voice recorders to Officers,we were instructed to record any interactions we had with the Public,It was intended to protect LEO's from people claiming we did or said something that wasn't true.
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    I'd rather take my chances with California, than with Illinois.

    It's the most corrupt state in the union, OMO



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    And their Governor was such a honest guy. Never mind, he was impeached. I lived in Illinois for four years, sure am glad I no longer do. If you do nothing wrong what do you have to hide? The government uses surveillance cameras, traffic cameras, and news videos to prosecute the public. And now the citizens of a free nation are forbidden to record what they see and hear?
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    As if I didn't have enough reasons to never set foot in that state.
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    I will NEVER go to Illinois. I don't care if I get offered a million dollars a year to work there. What is your life, your family's life, and your well being worth to you?

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    Illinois: the emerging totalitarian state?
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    In the video clip it stated Illinois was one of a dozen states...anybody have any idea who the other 11 are?
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