Federal magistrate rules for Apple in run-up to showdown over San Bernardino iPhone

Earlier this week, in a decision that is likely to be influential to the federal court in California now considering whether Apple can be compelled to help the FBI break into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein rejected the government's request for a similar order in an unrelated New York case. Judge Orenstein ruled that Congress has not authorized such an order and even if it had, the factors governing the court's decision to issue it (Apple's relationship to the investigation, the burden on Apple, and the necessity of imposing that burden) weighed against it.

Read the decision here.

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