“The government is citing an 1807 case involving Aaron Burr in its court battle to compel Apple to write software that would help unlock the iPhone used by one of the shooters who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., in December,” Priya Anand reports for MarketWatch.
“In a new court filing Thursday, the Department of Justice argued that Apple should be forced to write new software to load onto the iPhone at hand to help FBI investigators unlock it, partly because Chief Justice John Marshall once forced Aaron Burr’s clerk to ‘decipher a coded letter’ the third vice president had written after Burr was charged with treason,” Anand reports. “The government says that it isn’t asking Apple for ‘decryption services’ in its request that the company write new software that would nix several security features… But it says that bit of history shows there would be a precedent for that too, given the Burr case.”
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