Florida Sheriff Ready to Lock Up Tim Cook over iPhone Unlocking

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Sheriff Grady Judd from Polk County, Florida, doesn't have a case where he needs Apple's help to unlock an iPhone, but if he did he'd be ready to throw company CEO Tim Cook in jail for not helping.

Sheriff Judd: I'll arrest Tim Cook if he doesn't unlock iPhones for usReal promotion poster of Sheriff Grady Judd sold by Polk County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Judd shared his stance on court orders calling on Apple to help law enforcement unlock iPhones during a press conference earlier this week where he was talking about a in investigation that ironically didn't involve terrorists, iPhones, or even a smartphone with data they couldn't access. He was, however, asked about last December's San Bernardino mass shooting where the FBI obtained a court order compelling Apple to create a version of the iPhone operating system that strips out the security measures blocking hackers from attempting brute force attacks on passcodes.

His reply, according to Fox 13 News,

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. I'll lock the rascal up.

Apple is fighting the order, calling it an overreach of government authority and a dangerous precedent threatening privacy and encryption.

Sheriff Judd has a history of finding ways to draw the media's attention and has made some brazen statements in the past. In one police involved shooting for example, he said his offers shot a suspect 68 times after he killed an officer and his K-9. Why 68 times? Because that's all the ammunition they had.

The FBI's court order came as part of an investigation into a mass shooting where Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik killed 14 coworkers and injured 22 others. They were later killed in a shootout with police who then recovered an iPhone linked to Mr. Farook.

Apple helped the FBI recover data from the locked iPhone, but stopped short of creating an intentionally less secure version of iOS. The company is fighting the order in court and is scheduled for a hearing on March 22.

"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,'" Sheriff Judd said. "The CEO of Apple needs to know he's not above the law, and neither is anybody else in the United States."

Considering his penchant for the limelight it's no surprise Sheriff Judd found a way to spin himself into the iPhone unlocking fight. The unfortunate part is that he won't be the only person to use a horrible tragedy and its aftermath to get some attention for themselves.

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You know how some people are kind of like real life cartoon characters? Say hello to Sheriff Judd.

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After reading his quote I had to scroll back up and check the picture to make sure he didn’t look like Yosemite Sam


Apple, like it or not, is simply following the prescribed legal procedure to let the court(s) determine what a certain law can and cannot allow, given the supremacy of other fundamental laws.

Any cop claiming the ability to interpret law/jurisprudence is venturing far beyond his/her pay-grade. Talk about ‘above the law’ hypocrisy: the phrase “First, remove the plank from thine own eye” comes to mind.

I need to remind myself that this is groundless bloviating on his behalf. I hope for all this grandstanding that he’ll be ‘promoted’ to a irrelevant post were he becomes less harmful to the rule of law (and my tolerance for the inane)

Old UNIX Guy

Sheriff Judd,

Just an FYI that I will make sure that I never travel thru nor spend any money in Polk County, Florida ... all because you’re an idiot.



It’s sad when police who have sworn to uphold the law say they will violate it.

Paul Goodwin

He probably voted for Trump too

Scott B in DC

Must have gone to the Sheriff Joe Arpaio School of Law Enforcement. I hope he got more than his money’s worth than he did at Trump University!!


I live in Orange county (Orlando, Florida), and Polk county is the next county over to the west of Orlando.  Sheriff Judd is a constant source of embarrassment, even for Florida.  Scott B in DC’s comparison to Joe Arpaio is right on the money, they are very similar. 

I think Sheriff Judd is more a politician then a Sheriff, and I believe he thinks all of his grandstanding on hot-button issues is going to make him the next governor of Florida.  Sound ridiculous? Not in Florida it isn’t.

The sad thing is that Polk county was one of the most hardest hit areas in Florida during the 2008 economic crisis, and it has not at all recovered.  Poverty and unemployment are much higher in Polk county then almost any other county in Florida. 

For me, I cannot stand this guy because instead of actually helping his community he is heralding his own political career and living out his wild west fantasy at the expense of the impoverished.


Another complete idiot with authority. And, omigosh, he is from Floriduh.

As much as I detest Trump, I can’t wait for him to crush that other (we have many….) Florida mediocrity, Rubio.


Kinda looks and sounds and probably smells like Yosemite Sam !! YAA HOO !!!!


This sheriff’s poster needs to be in black and white which is obviously how he views the world. He would probably ban the movie Trumbo if he could as I am sure the subtle points of it would evade his limited intellect.


Polk County, Florida, is located Siuth of Orlando FL.  I really doubt that Tim Cook will be going into that part of Florida any time in the near or distant future.  There are no Apple stores in his county so there would be no need for the President of Apple to be visiting there at any time in the near distant future .  Sherif, good luck with the grandstanding it’ll help you win the next election, or not .

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