Eavesdropping Law Too Broad, Ill. High Court Finds

Law360, New York (March 20, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT) -- The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the state’s criminal eavesdropping statute as unconstitutional, finding in two unanimous opinions that the law was overbroad because it applied even to conversations where the participants had no reasonable expectation of privacy.

The seven-judge panel determined that the statute violated the First Amendment because it applied to all conversations, even those that cannot be considered private — including loud conversations on a private street, a political debate on a college quad or the public interactions of police officers...
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