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Attorneys squared off in court again Friday over access to an ex-Rutgers football player's cell phone, as the judge weighed a motion that could affect more than a dozen other cases connected to the string of alleged armed robberies. 

Tejay Johnson's attorney, Ian Goldman, pressed a city cop on why the former Scarlet Knight wasn't present while police pulled the data of the locked phone. The prosecution says the phone has provided evidence against Johnson that is crucial to its case. 

Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Hay said it doesn't matter if Johnson was present as the photos and text messages were pulled from his phone after he provided his password and signed a consent to search form in August of 2015. 

"Suspects could be present while they are doing it, but they literally would be watching a bar go across the screen as the data is downloaded," Hay said. "This is not the search of a vehicle, where you could say 'Oh the officer is going into the trunk I'd like to rescind my consent.'"

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