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Valley Man Faces 75 Years In Prison For Recording Law Enforcement

NBC 2 Investigation reveals recording police in public is illegal in Illinois.
Updated November 26, 2012: U.S. Supreme Court Weighs In on Eavesdropping Law

Updated November 8, 2012: Recording Ruling Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Updated November 7, 2012: Jailed For Recording Law Enforcement

Updated August 1, 2012: Another Ruling Against Illinois Eavesdropping Law

Updated July 25, 2012: Illinois Changes Eavesdropping Law to Help Police

Updated June 8, 2012: Recording Police Bill Amended

Updated June 1, 2012: Illinois Senate fails to vote on bill to allow audio recordings of police in public.

Updated May 22, 2012: Amended bill approved in Illinois House that would allow police recordings.

Updated May 9, 2012: Ruling allows recording police & Michael Allison case is dropped.

Updated April 26, 2012: Bill voted down that would have legalized audio recording police in public.

Updated November 9, 2011: Ruling & Appeal in Michael Allison case.

Updated August 18, 2011: Court hearing in Crawford County, Illinois, about challenge of case.

Updated June 2, 2011:  Case delayed and Allison refuses to take plea offer.


Michael Allison faces 75 years in prison for five counts of recording law enforcement officials without their consent in Robinson, Illinois.

Illinois is one of the states applying old eavesdropping and wiretapping statutes to new technologies like cell phones or anything else that records audio.

Most states allow citizens to record audio in public of on-duty law enforcement officials without their permission.  But that's considered a felony in Illinois, punishable by up to 15 years in prison for each offense.

Click on the video above (and the links for updates) to watch our investigation into the state law and this criminal case in Crawford County.
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