Monday, October 07, 2019

Case in First Circuit regarding Massachusetts law and recording the police may be important


Electronic Frontier Foundation has a story (Oct. 7) by Sophia Cope and Adam Schwartz about an amicus brief it wrote before the First Circuit in Boston for the case Martin v. Rollins.  The case had been brought by the ACLU to challenge the Massachusetts anti-eavesdropping statue which would outlaw the secret recording of all conversations, even in public. 
  
The First Circuit has previously upheld a First Amendment right to record police officers’ audio, and that did not override the state’s anti-eavesdropping statute.


Five appellate jurisdictions have upheld a right of citizens to record police activity, including audio.
   
Video: Ford Fischer from the Defending Freedom Action Summit, Arlington, VA, Jan. 2019, on the right to film the police, News2Share.

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