A judge Federal government forced a U.S. Capitol rioter to unlock his laptop on Wednesday after prosecutors argued it likely contained footage of the Jan. 6 insurgency from his helmet-worn camera. The judge granted the Justice Department's request to place Guy Reffitt, accused of the Capitol riots, in front of his laptop so they could use facial recognition to unlock the device. The maneuver took place after the hearing was over and Reffitt's lawyer confirmed to CNN that the laptop was unlocked, investigators seized the laptop and other devices over early this year under 'a search warrant. Reffitt has been in jail since his arrest in January. Her case gained national attention after her son spoke in public about how Reffitt threatened to kill family members if they turned him into the FBI. The case has become an example of how former President Donald Trump's lies tore some families apart - Reffitt's son and daughter have testified against him in court or before the grand jury. Ex -A DEA agent accused of bringing a gun to the Capitol grounds on January 6 and lying to the FBI He pleaded not guilty to five federal crimes, including bringing a handgun onto Capitol grounds during the insurgency and obstructed justice by allegedly threatening his family. The an accusation of arme fire was added last month and contradicts false claims by Trump and prominent Republican lawmakers that the rioters were unarmed and that they had no firearm. Find out more case raised intriguing constitutional questions about the right not to self-incriminate, but Judge Dabney Friedrich agreed with prosecutors that the unlock was within the law. In previous court records, Reffitt's lawyers have said that the search warrant for the laptop had expired and Reffitt could not remember if there was a password. As the court noted here, require a defendant to have a password. 'he exposes his face to unlock a computer may be lawful, and is not far removed from other procedures which are now routinely approved by tribunesaux, with proper justification: standing in line, submitting a copy of handwriting or voice, or submitting a blood or DNA sample, said Elie Honig, senior legal analyst at CNN, in a statement. e-mail. When judges consider claims like these, Honig said, they try to strike a balance between an accused 's privacy and other rights on the one hand, and allow prosecutors to obtain potentially crucial evidence with minimal intrusion into the rights of the accused, on the other hand. As Reffitt entered the courtroom, two FBI agents had installed his Microsoft Surface Pro laptop and two bags of tech equipment. Prosecutors have reverently stated in court records that they believed the laptop contained more than 6 gigabytes of footage that Reffitt filmed with a camera worn by a helmet as he moved from there 'Ellipse towards the United States Capitol grounds. If the videos are on the laptop, prosecutors said, they could contain valuable evidence, such as footage from the handgun he brought to the Capitol, or any comments he made about his intentions that day. Reffitt - who wore an orange prison jumpsuit, white Velcro sneakers, and a medical mask - seemed unconcerned during most of the procedures. He often rubbed his eyes and at one point even leaned so far back in his chair that he had to hold back from falling.