January 20, 2016
MIAMI – Recently, Judge Antonio Marin ordered that someone hand over their records, numbers, and information regarding their cell phones from six hours before the crash and six hours after an crash involving personal injury. There was an appeal. The Respondent admitted error which means that they admitted that what the Judge did was not consistent with the law. The error that was admitted was that the order violated the petitioner’s Fifth Amendment rights and constituted a departure from the essential requirements of law. Therefore, the 3rd DCA quashed the order.
The opinion was a very short opinion and did not get into specifics as far as the specifics of the judge’s order other than requiring the production of cell phone records from the 6 hours before and after the crash. For years, Judge’s all over the state have been ordering the production of cell phone records. And those records have been the subject of trials for years. This order seems to fly in the face of those rulings. It seems that things have changed. However, the ruling is very short and basic. It would appear to us that this ruling will be challenged. Time will tell.