Law Against Recording in Public Ruled Unconstitutional

The Associated Press reported on Friday that a Chicago street artist and activist has been exonerated after a County Judge said that criminalizing recording in public would also criminalize “wholly innocent conduct.” This decision was made after agents of the state kidnapped artist Chris Drew for selling his art without their permission. Unbeknownst to them, he had been recording their conversations with him during his arrest. The judge agreed that recording at that time is a right protected under the first amendment.

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