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Chris Drew was looking for trouble on Dec. 2, 2009, when he set out on Chicago’s State Street to sell art without a permit. He was not looking for the amount of trouble he found. Drew was carrying an Olympus digital voice recorder. Police had no idea that he was recording the arrest. When you record police, prosecutors or judges in Illinois without their consent, it is a class one felony, punishable by 15 years in prison.
“We weren’t listening in on anything private. We were all public, in public," Drew said. "So by the very definition of eavesdropping, I could not imagine there was an eavesdropping law that made it illegal to listen in on a public conversation.” He got a break, at least for the moment.
video.foxnews.com...The hurdles will come from prosecutors and police. The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement saying: “By allowing the audio/video recording of witnesses and victims without their knowledge or consent, there will be a chilling effect on witnesses coming forward…There will be victims who are re-victimized.
And, there will be tragic split seconds, where a pointed cellphone will be mistaken for a pointed gun.” Read more: www.foxnews.com...