Jury Acquits Woman Who Recorded Cops

The woman recorded officers she says were trying to coax her into dropping sexual harassment charges

By Jennifer Schwarz
|  Thursday, Aug 25, 2011  |  Updated 9:47 AM CDT
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Jury Acquits Woman Who Recorded Cops

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An Indiana woman was found not guilty Wednesday of felony eavesdropping charges for a recording she made last August of a conversation with two Chicago police officers.

Tiawanda Moore, 20, admitted to taping the conversation on her cell phone but said she only did so because the Internal Affairs officers were trying to coax her into dropping a sexual harassment complaint against another officer.

Moore claims that officer fondled her and gave her his phone number during a domestic battery call at a South Side Chicago home she sometimes shares with her boyfriend.

Moore said she was unaware of the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which prohibits the recording of private or public conversations without all parties’ consent. 

Her attorney, Robert Johnson, argued Moore’s recording was an exception allowed under the law for recordings made when someone believes a crime is being committed, or about to be committed.

Johnson says the findings in Moore’s sexual harassment case have not been released.

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