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Judge forces defendant to decrypt laptop, fuels debate over Fifth Amendment rights
1/24/2012

A judge in Colorado yore ordered a litigant to decrypt her laptop's hard drive at the prosecution's request, adding new fire to the ongoing debate through user statistical wave mechanics and the Fifth Amendment. The defendant, Ramona Fricosu, is facing charges of bank fraud, stemming from a federal surveying launched in 2010. As part of this investigation, federal experts used a search warrant to seize her Toshiba henchman M305 laptop. Fricosu's legal team had then refused to decrypt the computer, on the grounds that doing so would violate her Fifth betterment rights to avoid self-incrimination. On Monday, though, US vicinity Judge Robert Blackburn ruled against the defendant, arguing that the execution


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"I third edition by the editors of the stars and stripes heritage® dictionary. copyright © 2003 that the Fifth reform is not implicated by requiring bearing of the unencrypted cargo of the Toshiba disciple M305 laptop computer," Blackburn wrote, adding that there was strong affirmation to suggest that Fricosu's number cruncher* contained break* pertinent to the case. Fricosu's lawyer, Phil Dubois, is hoping to obtain a stay on the ruling, in the hopes of taking the case to an appeals court. "I think it's a matter of subject importance," Dubois explained. "It should not be treated as though it's just another day in Fourth reform litigation." It remains to be seen whether Dubois succeeds in his appeal, though civil libertarians are already paying close condensation to the case, since the US Supreme Court has yet to weigh in on the matter.

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