Prosecutors help organize victims' brigade in Apple battle

February 23, 2016 23:52

Prosecutors took unusual steps in enlisting victims of the San Bernardino attack in the government's heated battle with Apple Inc over access to an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters, according to people involved in the effort and legal experts.

Family members of at least two victims will join a legal brief to be filed next week urging Apple to help the government unlock the phone, they told Reuters on Monday. The lawyer representing them, former federal judge Stephen Larson, said he was brought into the case by Eileen Decker, the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, who personally asked him if he was interested in representing the victims.

San Bernardino County prosecutors subsequently contacted at least one victim's husband about joining in the case.

The FBI wants Apple's help to access shooter Syed Rizwan Farook's phone by disabling its passcode protections. The company argues that such a move would set a dangerous precedent and threaten customer security.

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