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NJ judge shield's trucker's phone password

Posted: May 11, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Updated: May 11, 2012 3:00 p.m.

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - Police in northern New Jersey can't force a California trucker accused of hauling marijuana to reveal his password to unlock his BlackBerry.

A judge in Morristown on Thursday ruled that disclosing the password would violate the trucker's Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination.

The Daily Record of Parsippany reports ( ) a state trooper stopped J. Arturo Vergara of Ontario, Calif., in Mount Olive for a safety inspection in 2010.

Police say Vergara was carrying snack bars, canned goods and 364 pounds of marijuana.

He's due to stand trial next week.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.




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