Per a Sidebar exclusive, Annabel Melongo was incarcerated in Cook County Jail for 18 months on a $300,000 bond:
The charges? Per the April 2010 grand jury indictment, under Illinois's controversial eavesdropping law, the state alleges that Melongo uploaded to her website recordings of routine phone conversations with a courthouse clerk.
She may have the wind at her back as a result of Judge Stanley Sacks's March 2 ruling that declared the state's eavesdropping law unconstitutional, a decision that made national headlines (page down to view).
That was the second eavesdropping case within a year that was tossed by an Illinois judge who deemed the law unconstitutional.
Melongo has a court date tomorrow morning. According a friend, she's scheduled to argue her motion to dismiss.
Will Melongo pull off a hat trick?
WHEN: 10AM, Thursday, March 15, 2012
WHERE: Cook County Courthouse, located at the intersection of 26th and California Streets, Room 3A-15 (Click here for map)
In this FOX-TV News interview yesterday, here's what Judge Anthony Napolitano had to say about State's Attorney Anita Alvarez whose office has been prosecuting the Melongo case since October 2006.
(:25) The Cook County Attorney has no right to enforce this statute while two judges have found it unconstitutional. She's going to enforce it anyway.
IL v. Melongo, Defendant's Amended Motion To Declare Statute Unconstitutional And To Dismiss, November 30, 2011
IL v. Drew, defense motion to declare the IL eavesdropping statute unconstitutional and March 2, 2012 judge's order granting the motion