Federal Prosecutor Wants the iPhone Unlocked Even After the Defendant Pleaded Guilty
Federal Prosecutor wants an iPhone 5S unlocked that belongs to a defendant in a relevant felony drug case. The defendant has pleaded guilty but as part of the investigation, the authorities want Apple to unlock his iPhone 5S.
Now that the defendant has pleaded guilty, there seems to be no point of asking this and Apple is refusing to unlock the device as well. United States Magistrate Judge James Orenstein is also confused why the prosecutors are still pursuing this.
In light of the fact that the defendant against whom evidence from the subject telephone was to be used has pleaded guilty, I respectfully direct the government to explain why the application is not moot. To the extent the response requires the disclosure of information occurring before a grand jury, the government may file its response under seal, along with a redacted version suitable for public access.
The Govt may believe that his phone may contain relevant data, so they need access to the device which does makes sense. However, Apple isn’t too eager to comply.
The Govt is bringing in the Writ Law into this that compels any company or person to simply do something. This law has previously been used against Apple and other companies.