September 21, 2011
A judge in Illinois has thrown out a case against Michael Allison for recording a conservation he had with police.
The state wanted to throw Allison in prison for 75 years – tantamount to a death sentence – for violating Illinois’ strict eavesdropping statute.
Circuit Court Judge David Frankland cited First Amendment protections when he wrote in his opinion that Allison had a right to record police officers and court employees.
“A statute intended to prevent unwarranted intrusions into a citizen’s privacy cannot be used as a shield for public officials who cannot assert a comparable right of privacy in their public duties,” the judge wrote in his decision.
Crawford County State Attorney’s Office may appeal case in next 30 days. Allison told Infowars.com that he believes they will appeal, but for now have dropped the charges against him.
Allison credited Infowars.com and Alex Jones with prompting a large public outcry over his case. Hundreds of phone calls opposing the prosecution were made to the mayor, district attorney’s office, and police in Robinson, Illinois.
Alex Jones interviewed Allison on September 8, 2011: