We’ve written in recent months about what some have dubbed the “magistrates’ revolt,” in which a group of federal magistrates have been rejecting government applications to search and seize whole email accounts or computers.  These judges have essentially reasoned that a warrant allowing the government to seize an entire email account or hard drive and then search through it to find evidence of a crime would constitute a “general warrant” forbidden by the Fourth Amendment.  Now, though, Article III district court judges are moving to stamp out the revolt by granting the government’s applications and, in the process, explaining why there is no good alternative to the way the government conducts digital searches.  The latest example comes from Washington, D.C., where a district court judge reversed an earlier decision by one of the leading judicial rebels, Magistrate Judge John Facciola, and issued a warrant compelling Apple to turn over to investigators all the emails from a @mac.com email account that were sent or received after a certain date (In the Matter of the Search of Information Associated With [Redacted] @mac.com That is Stored at Premises Controlled by Apple, Inc.).