Apple Peels Away At DOJ Bid To Unlock Phones With NY Win

By Allison Grande (March 1, 2016, 11:33 PM EST) -- A New York federal judge on Monday broke ranks with a California counterpart in ruling that Apple doesn't have to help the government unlock a drug dealer's iPhone, a decision that undermines prosecutors' arguments that accessing the suspected San Bernardino shooter's phone is an isolated request that wouldn't harm Apple's future business.

In a scathing 50-page opinion in which he used some form of the word "absurd" nine times, U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein roundly rejected the government's contention that under the All Writs Act of 1789, the court could require Apple to help the government break into confessed drug dealer...

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