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Man Who Refused to Decrypt Hard Drives is Free From Prison After Serving Four Years

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Francis Rawls, a former police officer, had been in jail since 2015, when a federal judge held him in contempt for failing to decrypt two hard drives taken from his home.

Rawls has been freed after a federal appeals court ruled that his continued detention was violating federal law.

Prosecutors were able to gain access to the laptop, and police say forensic analysis showed Rawls downloaded child pornography and saved it to external hard drives.

The court’s two-judge majority held that Congress had intended for the 18-month limitation to apply broadly to any legal proceeding, not just a formal trial.

Curated from Ars Technica

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