A Federal judge has ruled that a Colorado woman charged in a mortgage scam case must turn over the password for her laptop so police can view files on it and possibly use them as evidence.
The woman unsuccessfully tried to use the Fifth Amendment's right against self-incrimination to avoid having to give up the information.
Civil rights groups are closely following this case as the issue over this type of evidence has never been weighed in on by the Supreme Court.
The judge says there was plenty of evidence, including a jailhouse recording of the defendant, that the laptop might contain information the authorities were seeking.
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