Mar 082016

Doug G. Ware reports:

As expected, the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday appealed a New York judge’s ruling last week that permitted tech giant Apple to avoid helping federal authorities unlock a drug suspect’s smartphone.

Justice officials filed a brief Monday to renew the case in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors are seeking to overturn the ruling made last week by Magistrate Judge James Orenstein — who said Apple is not legally obligated to help unlock an accused drug dealer’s iPhone so government investigators can access its data.

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