Judge sides with Alachua County man claiming 5th amendment in robbery case

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ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- An appellate judge has found in favor of Matthew Pollard, who said he should not have to give up his phone password as part of a robbery investigation.

The case stems from a 2018 incident in which Pollard was accused of robbing two people who thought they were meeting him for a drug deal.

Detectives took his phone, believing it contained incriminated information. However, Pollard refused to give up his password for the device.

A circuit court judge initially ordered Pollard to give his password, however, the appellate court sided with Pollard saying he has 5th amendment protection against self-incrimination.