News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Lehmans

Hennes Paynter Communications

Wayside Furniture


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Bedford case raises self-incrimination questions for the computer age
Judge is refusing to turn over his computer password
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Courtesy of Espensorvik
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

A Bedford Heights judge accused of prostitution and corruption charges is trying to stop investigators from searching parts of his computer. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on arguments that are emerging about self-incrimination and privacy in the computer age.

LISTEN: Computer passwords and self-incrimination

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:14)


Harry Jacob III has adamantly denied he was a pimp for prostitutes who appeared in his courtroom and that he accepted bribes. And he turned over his personal computer to investigators.

But the investigation of that computer stalled when police couldn’t access the encrypted part of the hard drive. Prosecutors want a Cuyahoga County judge to order Jacob to turn over his password. His lawyers say that would violate his Constitutional protection against self-incrimination, and want investigators to “cease and desist certain investigatory techniques.”

Ian Friedman teaches criminal law at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He likens the argument to how far police can search your home if you allow them to enter – but says it goes much further.

“Now you’re talking about a house that’s filled with books, with thousands of pages, and with tapes and everything from your life, all of your pictures. Everything about your life. So the question is, did I give consent to have the computer or did I give consent to completely uncover every aspect of my life. So this is a case that should have great interest to the general public because of the broad consequences it could have on people’s everyday lives.”

 

Friedman says the Fifth Amendment argument is one that’s emerged only in the last five years and courts have been far from united in their decisions. 

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

HOF's Canton expansion could take an island and make it a village
I live in the block from Broad St to the Hall of Fame and will be impacted by the expansion. I am in the process of selling my home and planned to long before i...

Cleveland redeploys police to replace rejected red-light traffic cameras
Periodic rotational enforcement without warning does NOT change behavior and the city officials know that. This is the basis of all officer-run enforcement trap...

New enrollment period offers more insurance options
The removal of federal funding for healthcare CO-OPs may limit the growth of the CO-OP movement. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6381

The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yester...

Cleveland seniors are creating new wealth -- and facing new challenges
Why is anyone surprised that we people over 65 are not retiring? If you have been paying attention, defined company funded pensions were phasing out in the eigh...

Ohio company cuts off a dairy supplier after allegations of animal abuse
these people should be held accountable for their actions. i would be more than pleased to see a year or more behind bars. i will NEVER eat anything that comes ...

Goodyear recruits thousands of vets
What a wonderful interview! Excellent reporting skills by a talented young reporter! I look forward to hearing more from Ms. Schley!

Ohio Democratic Party begins the rebuilding process
I agree 100% with Sen. Brown. I think it is absolutely critical for the Democratic Party in Ohio to engage in the long, tedious, hard task of re-building from t...

They're talking again in the Macedonia bridge dispute
Norfolk Southern says the Ledge road bridge meets regulations for train traffic, however it was built as an overpass for a roadway and/or farm usage. I think t...

Cleveland City Council to consider transgender public restroom law
this is sick. I do not want my daughter in the same bathroom as a perverted 45 year old man. this proposed legislation could seriously damage the security of ch...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University