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Updating Warrant Rules For The Information Age

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:06:10 CDT
By: AP

Legislation that would allow law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant through a videoconference is advancing in the Illinois Legislature. The change to the state's criminal code is sponsored by state Rep. Mike Zalewski (zuh-LESS'-kee). The Riverside Democrat's proposal would allow search warrants to be obtained from a judge in terrorism cases during a video conference when the requesting prosecutor can't be present in a courtroom. Current law only allows search warrants to be obtained in such cases by oral testimony, which can include requests via telephone or fax. Supporters say the measure is a practical one in a digital age. The measure passed the House and heads to the state Senate.

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