An LA Judge Ordered a Woman to Unlock a Phone with Her Fingerprint

An LA Judge Ordered a Woman to Unlock a Phone with Her Fingerprint
May 02 09:07 2016 Print This Article

(THE VERGE) – A federal judge recently signed a warrant requiring a woman to use her fingerprint to unlock her phone, The Los Angeles Times reports. The woman, Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, was sentenced for identity theft the same day the warrant was signed, but it’s not clear why exactly the FBI wanted to unlock her phone. As the LA Times points out, Bkhchadzhyan was apparently the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member.

Back in 2014, the US Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement needed to obtain a warrant before searching the phones of criminal suspects. And, as the LA Times points out, the Supreme Court has also held that police can “compel a person in custody to provide physical evidence such as fingerprints without a judge’s permission.”

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