Report: Hazing death suspect, prosecutors, battle over phone password

Defense argues 5th Amendment protects phone contents

Chris Miller
November 27, 2018 - 4:30 pm

A suspect in the hazing death of LSU freshman Max Gruver last year is trying to keep prosecutors from accessing his phone, The Advocate reports.

Matthew Alexander Naquin's attorney is arguing that giving prosecutors access to his phone would violate his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Prosecutors say ruling that passwords are protected by the 5th Amendment would be a dangerous precedent that could cripple authorities' ability to bring criminals to justice.

Gruver died of alcohol poisoning in September 2017. Prosecutors say members of Phi Delta Theta fraternity were hazing pledges with a ritual called "Bible study," where pledges were forced to guzzle hard liquor when they gave wrong answers about the fraternity.

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