TAMPA (FOX 13) – It started out as a civil rights battle in a Tampa courtroom, and now a cell phone password might be a defendant’s key to freedom.
A judge threw William Montanez behind bars for failing to unlock his phones Thursday, which wasn’t how Montanez or his attorney expected their day in court to end.
“Basically, my client has been denied his liberty today without due process,” said attorney Patrick Leduc.
This guy has balls. Big. Huge. Balls. He is right, of course. The court has no reason to look at the man’s personal property outside of the case at hand. They are over-reaching, at the least. I’m sure lawyers out there will say the opposite but fonk them shizznods.
I don’t think I would have told them I forgot it. I would have told them simply, “No. You may not have the passcode to my phone(s). The reason? They don’t belong to you. They are personal property. Mine — and they are not yours therefore, you may not fonking have them. In fact, I may go so far as to say YOU are stealing. You know — since you took something that doesn’t belong to you.”
Disclaimer: I am not qualified to dispense legal advise but…I should be.