Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday February 24, 2016

How Apple Could Be Punished For Defying FBI

First of all, let me just state for the record that my opinion on this matter is irrelevant. Having said that, without taking sides, I'd laugh my ass off if they arrested Tim Cook. big grin

Apple could be held in criminal contempt of court for defying the order signed by Judge Pym. This legal mechanism is often used when no amount of civil coercion (like monetary fines) can make the party in question comply with the court's demands," Fu explains. Courts can use this non-monetary punishment on journalists who refuse to divulge their sources, for example. The goal isn't to compensate an injured party, but rather to "punish the target party and to vindicate the authority of the court," Fu says.