Apple files objection in iPhone case with FBI

If there’s one thing for certain about the battle between Apple and the FBI over access to the data on the iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino terrorists it is this: There is only going to be more paperwork the longer the case goes on.

The latest example of that came late Tuesday, when Apple filed a formal objection of the court order that demands Apple help the FBI unlock the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, who was one of the terrorists who killed 14 people in a shooting attack Dec. 2. Apple said it made the filing in addition to its previous motion to vacate because the rules of the case remain murky, according to USA Today.

In addition to the formal objection brief, Apple’s lawyers also filed a New York federal judge’s ruling earlier this week that sided with the company in a similar challenge in a drug trafficking case. Apple highlighted the order to buttress its position with Riverside U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym.

Apple was ordered to help the FBI last month, when Pym cited the All Writs Act as the basis under which the company should abide by the demands of the Department of Justice.

On Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey and Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell presented their cases for and against the court order during an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.

Photo: Apple Senior Vice President and General Counsel Bruce Sewell testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on the encryption of the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino attackers on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on March 1, 2016.  (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images).


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