A guy in Tampa got pulled over for not yielding last month. A simple traffic stop turned complicated when cops found some marijuana. They asked to see what’s on the guy’s phone. They got a search warrant, according to Local 10. The guy refused to unlock his phone. Now he’s facing 6 months behind bars unless he unlocks.
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Fair? Tweet what you think @WQYKGeno and I’ll include your tweet below.
Yeah if there's more to the story we're not being told, that's one thing. But failure to yield and a little weed? If there's no previous record or other circumstances, this seems severe.— Geno from 99.5 QYK (@WQYKGeno) July 15, 2018
99% of the time on #LivePD I'm on the side of the cops. What they have to deal with is insane sometimes. But if t was just a not yielding in traffic and a little bit of weed, not hardcore drugs, I don't think there's a need to see what's on the phone.— Geno from 99.5 QYK (@WQYKGeno) July 15, 2018
The 5th Amendment means he doesn't have to unlock his phone. That is willingly giving info up against himself. Let's ask @bosslegal what she thinks.— SCUMBAG (@CjornHoulio) July 15, 2018
I’m thinking there’s the involvement of several legal principles here—plain sight, reasonable suspicion, fruit of the poisonous tree if info wasn’t in plain sight on the phone and they proceeded anyway, Miranda ...I think the police might not want to bark up this legal tree.— Mongo luv candy! (@lavoixinconnue) July 15, 2018
Source: Local 10