Florida sheriff vows to arrest Tim Cook if Apple won't comply with court orders

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Apple's firm stance against decrypting iPhones in criminal investigations could land CEO Tim Cook in jail, if the sheriff in one rural Florida county has his way.


Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. Via Fox 13


"I can tell you, the first time we do have trouble getting into a cell phone, we're going to seek a court order from Apple. And when they deny us, I'm going to go lock the CEO of Apple up," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said, according to FOX 13. "I'll lock the rascal up."

"You cannot create a business model to go, 'We're not paying attention to the federal judge or the state judge. You see, we're above the law,'" Judd added. "The CEO of Apple needs to know he's not above the law, and neither is anybody else in the United States."

It's not clear exactly how Judd would follow through on such a threat; in addition to the fact that Cook lives in California and is unlikely to ever set foot in Polk County, he has a formidable legal shield in front of him.

The sheriff's comments came during a press conference for a case in which the suspects -- who are accused of beating, sexually assaulting, and murdering a man -- took photos of their crime and showed those photos to others. The suspects then provided police with the phone's passcode.
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  • Reply 1 of 131
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,711member
    Grady plays to the crowd. Ignore it.
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  • Reply 2 of 131
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,705member
    Ask the idiot sheriff what law Apple is breaking. 
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  • Reply 3 of 131
    Not sure if anyone who comments here lives in Florida, but Polk County is unanimously known for having the worst, most un reasonable, above the law, full of themselves cops in Florida. This guy is a joke, and so is his county...
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  • Reply 4 of 131
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 1,847member
    Grady should go back to sheriff school and learn that he is paid by Floridians to be of service to the people, not an obnoxious egoistic dick who can't bare others in not believing in his corrupt ideologies.
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  • Reply 5 of 131
    irnchrizirnchriz Posts: 1,589member
    He finished up by stating that 'his momma and poppa are brother and sister' and asked the reporter to squeal like a pig!
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  • Reply 6 of 131
    I have a feeling that Mr. Judd is going to wish he and his department had better and more encryption soon, instead of less.
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  • Reply 7 of 131
    jpellinojpellino Posts: 612member
    Stuff like this is why the aliens fly right past our planet without stopping.  
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  • Reply 8 of 131
    Not the sharpest tool in the shed. 
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  • Reply 9 of 131
    depdocdepdoc Posts: 2member
    Grady should go back to sheriff school and learn that he is paid by Floridians to be of service to the people, not an obnoxious egoistic dick who can't bare others in not believing in his corrupt ideologies.
    Ditto.  It's sad when a sheriff doesn't believe in individual rights and privacy.  I hope the people of Polk County realize this when it's time to vote for sheriff.
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  • Reply 10 of 131
    depdocdepdoc Posts: 2member
    Grady should go back to sheriff school and learn that he is paid by Floridians to be of service to the people, not an obnoxious egoistic dick who can't bare others in not believing in his corrupt ideologies.
    Ditto.  It's sad when a sheriff doesn't believe in individual rights and privacy.  I hope the people of Polk County realize this when it's time to vote for sheriff.
  • Reply 11 of 131
    gatorguygatorguy Posts: 20,711member
    Grady should go back to sheriff school and learn that he is paid by Floridians to be of service to the people, not an obnoxious egoistic dick who can't bare others in not believing in his corrupt ideologies.
    He's actually far from corrupt. On the contrary he could be one of the least corruptible sheriff's in the South. But he dang sure is hard-nosed, following the law to the letter.

    He has zero tolerance for porn with not even a single adult bookstore remaining in Polk County since he took office a few years ago, much less a topless bar or massage parlor. He runs regular stings for prostitution, both the prostitutes and the johns, and if you're even suspected of child porn you're on his radar, with a section of the sheriff's office dedicated to ferreting out folks who look for or download anything even remotely considered child porn.

    He's quick to arrest anyone he believes is guilty of animal cruelty or improperly caring for livestock. Before Judd became sheriff things like dog-fighting were also a poorly hidden secret. Not anymore, they're raided and shut down as soon as Judd gets wind of them.

    Grady Judd also has little tolerance for on-line bullying of kids with even high-schoolers subject to arrest if they cause someone harm as a result. He aggressively investigates Facebook users boasting of a crime, (or God-forbid taunting him to catch them!), has arrested his own officers when suspected of doing anything unlawful, has created one of the country's best police training academies and on and on.

    With that said he's never met a camera he didn't like. 
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  • Reply 12 of 131
    Not sure if anyone who comments here lives in Florida, but Polk County is unanimously known for having the worst, most un reasonable, above the law, full of themselves cops in Florida. This guy is a joke, and so is his county...
    I live in Palm Beach, FL and yes, Polk county is a joke!
  • Reply 13 of 131
    boltsfan17boltsfan17 Posts: 2,161member
    It drives me nuts hearing these law enforcement morons and other government officials claiming Apple is above the law. What ever happened to due process? Apparently Apple isn't afforded due process in this country the way morons like Grady Judd speak.
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  • Reply 14 of 131
    MisterKitMisterKit Posts: 260member
    Watch out for the ones who make the most noise. If this Sherrif ever had his phone hacked and his private information made public, he would probably run for the hills.
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  • Reply 15 of 131
    One imagines Sheriff Judd is also a Donald Trump supporter.
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  • Reply 16 of 131
    larryalarrya Posts: 548member
    Same guy who insists on preaching church sermons in his uniform, and who proclaims his support for "faith-based" jailing, so I guess at least on person is above the law. 
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  • Reply 17 of 131
    eriamjheriamjh Posts: 1,133member
    He should worry about arresting Florida Man.
    civa
  • Reply 18 of 131
    Not sure if anyone who comments here lives in Florida, but Polk County is unanimously known for having the worst, most un reasonable, above the law, full of themselves cops in Florida. This guy is a joke, and so is his county...
    There is no reason in hell Tim Cook would ever visit Polk county. Although, Woz has made a few appearances at the Ritz-Carlton on Lantana beach just a half a mile from the house I used to live in. 
    civa
  • Reply 19 of 131
    The bubba's of North Florida speak.... Oh? No one is listening... I wonder why.
    baconstangciva
  • Reply 20 of 131
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,149member
    Interesting that the rest of the tech crowd is standing behind the curtain peeking out to see what happens to Apple. Are they cowards? What does it say about Apple that they have decided to take a stand for customer security and the rest are loitering around watching the showdown?
    mwhite
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