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Technology could speed issuance of search warrants

Mon, 01 Apr 2013 03:56:35 CDT

Police in Illinois could see a key step in obtaining search warrants become quicker. Lawmakers are considering a plan that would allow police to lay out evidence before a judge using an Internet chat session, as long as it has video and audio. Cook County Assistant State's Attorney John Carroll says it's not always easy to find a judge to approve a warrant.


Under current law, Illinois judges can only accept electronic testimony for terrorism-related offenses. Otherwise it has to be in writing or in person.

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