Child Porn Suspect Jailed Indefinitely For Not Decrypting Hard Drives

A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child porn has been in jail for  seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password protected hard drives.

The suspect, a former P.P.D. Sergeant, hasn’t been charged with any child porn crimes. Instead he remains indefinitely imprisoned in Philadelphia’s Federal Detention Center for refusing to unlock two drives encrypted with Apples FileVault software in a case that once again highlights the extent to which the authorities are going to crack encrypted devices. The man is to remain jailed until such a time that he fully complies with the decryption order.

The suspects attorney, Federal Public Defender Keith Donoghue, urged the federal appeals court on Tuesday to release his client immediately, pending the outcome of appeals. “Not only is he presently being held without charges, but he has never in his life been charged with a crime,” Donoghue wrote in his brief to the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals.

The government successfully cited a 1789 law known as the All Writs Act to Compel the suspect to decrypt two hard drives it believes contain child pornography. The All Writs Act was the same

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