Illinois Rules About iPhone-Recorded Video in a Criminal Trial.

Ping® January 13, 2023

This month’s issue of Ping® highlights Illinois rules regarding use of iPhone-recorded video in a criminal trial. In case you missed it, my article, “Six Things You Can Do to Improve Your Contracts,” from asid impact Illinois Magazine, Issue Two 2022, is linked below. Last is a collection of recent Interior Design articles about the state and outlook for the Interior Design industry.

Illinois Evidence Rules Admissibility of Cell Phone Video

Cell Phone Video. We all have it. We all use it. But what if we need to rely on it in a Court of law to prove – or disprove – a version of the story that’s being told.

We all know how easy it is to fake video and there’s a whole category that’s so credible is hard to prove it’s fake. A free press should tell the truth. But as Pontius Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Who decides what is true? And who should compel the press to “tell the truth”? 

In his article, “Illinois Supreme Court Rules on Admissibility of Cell Phone Videos,” Criminal Law FLASHPOINTS, January 2023, author Matthew R. Leisten of the Ogle County State’s Attorney’s Office, discusses People v. Smith, 2022 IL 127946, an Illinois Supreme Court case upholding the state’s use of iPhone-recorded partial video clips from a building’s surveillance cameras in a burglary trial. Read more here.

Six Things You Can Do to Improve Your Contracts.

In case you missed it, my article “Six Things You Can Do to Improve Your Contracts” appeared in ASID Impact Illinois Magazine, Issue Two 2022, pages 22-24. Let me know if you’d like a copy. Here’s a quick summary: One of the most important tools to protect your design business is your written contract. It helps to prevent misunderstandings and vague expectations that can lead to a breakdown in your customer relationship, jeopardize the project, and even worse, result in litigation. This article is not meant in any way to provide legal advice. If professional advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a licensed professional should be sought. To find out more about how the Adler Law Group can help you tighten your contracts, or even draft new ones, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

If you have questions about your business, or about contracts, or if you need assistance navigating the process, please feel to contact me for more information. (866)734-2568 and David [at]

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David M. Adler

David M. Adler is an attorney, author, educator, entrepreneur, and founder of a boutique intellectual property law firm. The firm is professionally-recognized as a leader counseling creative professionals, talent, financiers, and entrepreneurs across the interrelated areas of Intellectual Property, Arts, Entertainment & Media, Communications & Technology, and Corporate Law.

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