On Tuesday, Apple and the U.S. Department of Justice will finally battle over the privacy and security of iPhones before a federal judge in Riverside, California.
For weeks, their lawyers have been duking it out on paper. Now they’ll present verbal arguments in court.
Lawyers representing the Justice Department will argue that a search warrant requires Apple to create software that will help the FBI break into the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook. They could bring victims of the shooting to the hearing and make an emotional appeal.
High-profile lawyers Ted Olson and Theodore J. Boutrous Jr. are expected to represent Apple in court. They’ll argue that the FBI’s request is a violation of Apple’s First Amendment rights The company wouldn’t say which Apple executives, if any, would be in the courtroom.
The central question is: Can the U.S. government force an American company to write computer code that it doesn’t want to?