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Colorado woman must turn over computer password

Colorado woman must turn over computer password after appellate court refuses to get involved By The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) ' A federal appeals court in Denver refuses to get involved in a mortgage and real estate fraud case that raises questions about whether turning over a computer password amounts to self-incrimination.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says it lacks jurisdiction because the case has not been resolved in a lower court.

That leaves Ramona Fricosu, of Colorado Springs, obligated to follow a judge's order to turn over an unencrypted version her hard drive that requires a password for investigators to examine documents.

Her attorney and civil rights groups say it would violate the Fifth Amendment.

Fricosu's attorney says she will do her best to comply with the judge's order to turn over the hard drive by Monday.

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