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U.S. District Judge: Forced Decryption of Hard Drives Violates Fifth Amendment

hansamurai (907719) writes | about a year ago

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hansamurai (907719) writes "U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa lifts threat of contempt of court against suspected child pornographer who has 80% of his 20 terabytes of data encrypted after his defense invoked his Fifth Amendment rights that protect him from self-incrimination. His attorney: "I will move heaven and earth to make sure that the war on the infinitesimal amount of child pornography that recirculates on the Internet does not eradicate the Fifth Amendment the way the war on drugs has eviscerated the Fourth Amendment."

The FBI field office in Milwaukee has spent 10 weeks attempting to decrypt the hard drives without success, but have evidence that the suspect used a peer-to-peer file sharing service to exchange files with filenames "suggestive" of child pornography.

The suspect originally had until the end of the day today to decrypt his hard drives."

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