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  1. Judge Rules Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drive is Covered by Fifth Amendment

    You're probably familiar with the phrase "pleading the Fifth." You know, that thing the defendants on crime shows do when they're obviously guilty and they just don't want to talk about it. Well that's also a thing in real life, and it isn't a de facto admission of guilt. For the unfamiliar and forgetful, the Fifth Amendment states that no person, "shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," as well as a bunch of language about like, eminent domain and stuff. The point here being that the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that a defendant in a legal case who refuses to decrypt their hard drive for law enforcement is covered by the Fifth Amendment.

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