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#774 Indefinite prison for suspect who won’t decrypt hard drives, feds say
Federal prosecutors urged a federal appeals court late Monday to keep a child-porn suspect behind bars—where he already has been for seven months—until he unlocks two hard drives that the government claims contains kid smut.

The suspect, a Philadelphia police sergeant relieved of his duties, has refused to unlock two hard drives and has been in jail ever since a judge ordered him to do so seven months ago—and after finding him in contempt of court. The defendant can remain locked up until a judge lifts the contempt order.

The government said Monday he should remain jailed indefinitely until he complies. The authorities also said that it's not a violation of the man's Fifth Amendment right against compelled self incrimination because it's a "foregone conclusion" that illegal porn is on the drives, and that he is only being asked to unlock the drives, not divulge their passcodes.

"This is not a fishing expedition on the part of the government," federal prosecutors told the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals of Philadelphia.
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#774 Indefinite prison for suspect who won’t decrypt hard drives, feds say
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