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PostSubject: Artist Could Face 15 Years In Prison For Recording His Own Arrest   Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:51 pm

Artist Could Face 15 Years In Prison For Recording His Own Arrest

Chris Drew was finally ready to get arrested. An artist and activist, Drew had spent years protesting a Chicago ordinance that puts tight restrictions on where and how people can sell their art on the street. He was downtown, on State Street, selling silk-screened patches for $1 and defying the city to stop him.

He'd tried his act of civil disobedience three times before -- a First Amendment lawyer on hand to argue his case, a team of videographers ready to film the arrest -- but the police simply let it slide. When, on December 2, 2009, he finally succeeded in getting booked, Drew was ready for a few hours in lock-up on a misdemeanor, and a lengthy court battle. He was in no way prepared for what he would actually face.

The state charged Drew with a Class 1 felony, not for selling art on the street, but for violating the Illinois Eavesdropping Act by recording his own arrest. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

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PostSubject: Re: Artist Could Face 15 Years In Prison For Recording His Own Arrest   Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:13 pm

Haha. Guess he wasn't as clever as he thought.
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PostSubject: Re: Artist Could Face 15 Years In Prison For Recording His Own Arrest   Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:26 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Artist Could Face 15 Years In Prison For Recording His Own Arrest   Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:58 pm

As a person concerned about the state of American legal system and its ever increasing appetite for convictions and their abuses, I have a gut feeling that this "anti-eavesdropping" law conviction is somewhat unconstitutional as soon as you enter a public building like a police station.

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PostSubject: Re: Artist Could Face 15 Years In Prison For Recording His Own Arrest   Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:52 am

^^ I agree with you, Ginger. "Illinois Eavesdropping Act"? That sounds shady. I've got to ask my friend in Chicago about that one; she's a law clerk (she passed the bar but wants more experience before she becomes a lawyer).
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PostSubject: Re: Artist Could Face 15 Years In Prison For Recording His Own Arrest   Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:24 am

One by one they take our freedoms, currency and rights away, while America blindly follows orders, too distracted by the next pointless super-phone they "need" or nonsensical reality television show that "everybody" is watching.
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