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Speaking of the Apple/FBI Dispute: We now know the FBI was able to hack the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the perpetrators of the San Bernardino terrorist attack in December. Prior to the Justice Department’s request to drop the iPhone court order, a Federal district court magistrate judge had ordered Apple to come up with a software program to “unlock” the encryption on the phone. The order was made pursuant to the All Writs Act. The All Writs Act, codified at T.28 U.S.C. § 1651, was originally enacted as part of the Judiciary Act of 1789.
Fun Fact: The clause about the Supreme Court having the power to issue writs of mandamus, which was declared unconstitutional by Marbury v. Madison (1803), was also enacted by the Judiciary Act of 1789.
When George Washington signed the Judiciary Act on September 24, 1789, he likely had no idea that part of this law would be a hot topic 227 years later!
The FBI’s ability to unlock this iPhone raises other questions about unlocking phones related to crimes…More on the Coastal Commission: We addressed the Coastal Commission’s potential ouster of its executive director in our last newsletter. That day, the Commission held a seven-hour hearing and ultimately voted 7-5 to fire Charles Lester. Since then, legislators have introduced or amended several bills that would address Coastal Commission member interactions. Assembly member Mark Stone sponsored Assembly Bill 2002 and Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson sponsored Senate Bill 1190, both of which were amended March 28, 2016, and would prohibit ex parte communications between commission members and an “interested person.”
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