Rep. Asks FBI To Take Apple Phone Row Out Of Court's Hands

Law360, New York (February 24, 2016, 9:06 PM EST) -- Congressman Ted Lieu, D-Calif., on Tuesday urged the federal government to drop its push for Apple to comply with a California court order requiring it to help unlock a mass shooting suspect’s iPhone, arguing that the debate belongs in the court of public opinion rather than the court of law.

In a letter addressed to FBI Director James Comey, the representative requested that the agency withdraw its demand that Apple comply with an order issued by a California magistrate judge on Feb. 16 that directed the tech giant to provide federal authorities with special software that would allow them to unlock...

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