In Illinois, where a lawsuit seeking to block the implementation of new laws on the role of the media and social media in deaths of people has been filed, conservatives have filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that would allow them to bring lawsuits against people who have been arrested or convicted of murder.
The Illinois Tribune reports that two conservative activists and their attorney filed a complaint in Illinois Supreme Court challenging the state’s bill that would require police officers to obtain a warrant to obtain information from a cellphone company and other service providers.
The bill was introduced in the legislature last month.
The Tribune reports it was amended to remove the requirement that the information be “relevant to a crime of violence,” a move that could make it easier for police to obtain evidence from the cellphones of people suspected of being involved in crime.
In the complaint, which was filed Tuesday in the Illinois Supreme Courts of Appeals, the conservatives claim that the bill would allow police to get information about people suspected or charged with murder and to use it in their official investigation without a warrant.
The law is expected to be signed by Gov.
Bruce Rauner (R) this month.
Conservative groups have pushed for stricter rules on the use of cellphone records in the past, arguing that police are increasingly using cellphone data in an effort to identify people they suspect of crimes.
But the Illinois law proposed by the Democrats would allow people charged with a crime to be charged with “a crime of hostility” instead of murder or kidnapping.