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NJ Court Rules Police Have Access To Cellphones With Warrant

November 16, 2018 - 6:05 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) — A New Jersey appellate court ruled Thursday that people must allow law enforcement officers access to their cellphones once they receive a warrant.

The ruling means Essex County Sheriff's Officer Robert Andrews will now have to hand over passcodes to two iPhones given to investigators.

Andrews was charged with misconduct, hindering and obstruction in 2016.

Prosecutors allege Andrew told a drug dealer he was being monitored by police. Investigators claim they found calls between Andrews' phones and the suspects.

Andrews had argued information on his phone could be self-incriminating, violating the Fifth Amendment.

The court said investigators in the case established probable cause when they obtained warrants to search the phones.

Judges concluded there was no basis for offering “greater protections against self-incrimination.”

(© 2018 WCBS 880. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)