New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Defendants Can Be Compelled to Turn Over Phone Passcodes

New Jersey’s Supreme Court recently ruled that authorities can compel defendants to turn over their phone passcodes by obtaining a search warrant.

The 4-3 majority held that “neither federal nor state protections against compelled disclosure shield (the defendant’s) passcodes.”

The dissent raises concerns that a citizen’s right to privacy is “constantly shrinking” and a “direct violation of (the defendant’s) right not to testify against himself.”

“We are at a crossroads in our law,”……..“Will we allow law enforcement — and our courts as their collaborators — to compel a defendant to disgorge undisclosed private thoughts — presumably memorized numbers or letters — so that the government can obtain access to encrypted smartphones?”

An excellent article outlining the situation with more detail can be found here:

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