I missed this when it came out a few weeks ago. The state of Illinois will appeal its case against Michael Allison.
I first wrote about Allison in the January issue of Reason. He’s facing up to 75 years in prison for recording police and other public officials with a digital recorder. In September, a Crawford County judge ruled that the state’s eavesdropping law violates the First Amendment. It’s now up to the Illinois Supreme Court. And, after that, I’d imagine the loser will at least try to get the case before a federal court.*
This is bad for Allison, but good for getting the law overturned once and for all. Allison has told me that is his aim. He has said he won’t take a plea bargain.
*A commenter reminds me that a challenge to the law is already before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.