August 24, 2011

CHICAGOLAND: Woman Recorded Cops After Harassment Claims Ignored.

Naturally, she’s the one being prosecuted: “Tiawanda Moore, 20, is charged with two felony counts of eavesdropping on a public official for allegedly recording a four-minute portion of the Aug. 18, 2010, interview on her BlackBerry, which she had hidden in her lap. . . . Under Illinois’ eavesdropping law, making an audio recording a law enforcement officer or court official without the consent of all parties is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.”

Tar, feathers. “Eavesdropping on a public official,” my ass. Let me be very clear: That law is there for only one reason: to protect corrupt politicians and their lackeys from exposure. Those enforcing it and hiding behind it are basically accomplices to a criminal enterprise. But then, when you’re talking about Chicago politicians, that’s a redundancy, isn’t it?

Plus, reader John Steakley writes: “Is there, perhaps, a Due Process right to preserve one’s own statements to the government even when uttered in a private place?” There should be, particularly given the prevalence of “testilying” by law enforcement. Hey, I think I just found my next law-review article topic!

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