Manufacturer May Dispute Order To Unlock Cellphone

Law360, New York (November 4, 2014, 4:55 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge has directed an unidentified cellphone manufacturer to assist the federal government with unlocking a phone that police want to search for evidence of credit card fraud, but tweaked the government's proposal in order to give the company an opportunity to challenge the directive.

In an opinion and order issued Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein weighed the government's ex parte application under the All Writs Act for an order that would compel a cellphone manufacturer to assist with the execution of a warrant police had previously received to search the phone by bypassing the lock...

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