From ArsTechnica:

Jack A federal judge in Virginia has ruled that a case against Edward Matish, a man accused of downloading child pornography, should stand—preserving the defendant’s upcoming trial date. Also on Wednesday, an FBI agent explicitly denied that the “network investigative technique” (NIT) used to locate Matish and break through his Tor-enabled defenses is malware.

In two separate orders handed down on Thursday, US District Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. denied Matish’s two attempts to have the charges dismissed. Matish’s federal public defender had argued that his client was coerced into signing a statement confessing to his alleged crimes. Judge Morgan disagreed with the arguments presented by Matish’s legal team.

“There is no evidence to support Defendant’s claim that he made his statement involuntarily,” he wrote in his orders. “Defendant put on no evidence during the hearing to support the allegations made in his brief. The evidence before the Court shows that the agents never threatened to prosecute Defendant or his family if he did not provide a statement.”

US v. Matish is one of at least 135 cases currently being prosecuted nationwide stemming from the FBI’s investigation of the Tor-hidden child pornography site called “Playpen.”

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