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 May 11, 2012  Posted by  Court

Peggy Wright reports:

A tractor-trailer driver allegedly found with 364 pounds of marijuana in his rig in Mount Olive cannot be forced to reveal the password to unlock his Nextel BlackBerry phone, a judge ruled Thursday.

State Superior Court Judge Stuart Minkowitz, sitting in Morristown, found that suspect J. Arturo Vergara’s Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination would be violated if authorities compelled him to testify, in effect, by disclosing the password to his BlackBerry.

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