Appeals court rules that phone unlock code can be compelled
This is an obvious violation of the 5th Amendment, which (in theory anyway) blocks being compelled to testify against yourself. The judge draws the analogy to police compelling someone to produce the key to a safe. The problem is that the key to a safe is a physical item, which can be obtained by search warrant. I've never heard of a physical search that compelled the subject to actually assist the police in locating evidence against them. Any such "assistance" is usually obtained by demanding the keys to locks on threat of smashing the whole place if they are not provided. (Often, the whole place is smashed anyway).
And what will they do to you if you claim you can't remember the code? Probably violate the 8th Amendment. That's the one barring "cruel and unusual punishment", if you're wondering.
This entry was published Mon Dec 19 10:18:58 CST 2016 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2016-12-19 10:18:58.0.