Federal judge mows down Massachusetts law against secret recording of public officials

The First Amendment gained ground when a federal judge struck down a Massachusetts law banning secret recording of government officials. The federal district judge wrote, “On the core constitutional issue, the Court holds that secret audio recording of government officials,including law enforcement officials, performing their duties in public is protected by the First Amendment, subject only to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions.” (Courthouse News Service, December 10, 2018, by Zack Huffman)

Plaintiffs from different sides of the political spectrum contested the law with two activists asking for protection to record police officers secretly for fear of reprisal and the conservative Project Veritas planning to take secret videos relating to Boston’s status as a sanctuary city, the handling of  Antifa riots and Harvard’s spending of federal funds. (The Libertarian Republic, December 12, 2018, by Joe Trotter)

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