DOJ arguing for ‘terrible consequences’: Apple – CNBC

“This is a policy issue … the American people have to resolve,” Boutrous said. “It’s for Congress to resolve,” he added.

Last week, Apple senior vice president and general counsel Bruce Sewell said in a call with reporters that the DOJ has become “so desperate” that it has “thrown all decorum to the wind.” He added, “The tone of the brief reads like an indictment.”

Boutrous said it would be a mistake to think the issue is just about Apple vs. the government. He said there is a cavalcade of tech companies and civil liberties groups and a family member of a victim of San Bernardino who filed court briefs supporting Apple’s position.

“This case … will set a precedent. … It will be used around the country and world to unlock phones,” Boutrous said. “It’s a big issue that goes far beyond Apple and affects all tech companies and all citizens who use these devices, and that will be front and center when we argue in court,” the Apple lawyer said.

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