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In scathing ruling, judge says Apple can't be forced to unlock iPhones

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    Apple continues to fight the FBI over a request to create a bypass mechanism for iOS to let the government access the local contents of a dead terrorist's iPhone. But the same legal justification -- a 1789 law called the All Writs Act -- has been used by the federal government in more than 70 cases to force Apple to decrypt iPhones used by alleged criminals.

    Today, James Orenstein, a federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y., said the government's position was dead wrong. The very strongly worded ruling said the government's assertions were deeply unconstitutional, their results would be "absurd," and they give the courts the ability to impose anything that Congress did not explicitly prevent.

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