Published on: Thursday, July 6, 2023

Oregon law makes it a crime to surreptitiously record conversations with another person without their knowledge . . . unless you're a cop performing official duties, in which case, record away! Project Veritas—which has something of a history of secretly recording conversations—challenges the recording ban as a violation of the First Amendment. Ninth Circuit: And they're right. The ban is unconstitutional. Dissent: We should just sever the exceptions for law enforcement and then the ban is fine.

The case is Project Veritas et al. v. Michael Schmidt et al., 22-35271 (9th Cir. July 3, 2023).