Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th Apr 2010 23:11 UTC, submitted by UglyKidBill
Legal Well, this is unexpected. The iPhone 4G saga just got a whole lot crazier - dare I say it, a whole lot more ridiculous. Have you ever reported anything like a phone or something similarly small stolen to the police? What was their reaction? Did you ever get the device back? Did they send an army of officers to get your device back? No? Odd. They raided Jason Chen's house, and took four computers and two servers. Update: And thus our true colours reveal. "The raid that San Mateo area cops conducted last week on the house of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen came at the behest of a special multi-agency task force that was commissioned to work with the computer industry to tackle high-tech crimes. And Apple Inc. sits on the task force's steering committee." Update II: According to TechCrunch, the investigation has been put on hold while the DA ponders Gizmodo's shield defence. Update III: Some legal insight from a constitutional law and first amendment expert and a law professor. The gist? The DA has said no one has been charged with anything here, making this just an investigation - however, this makes the search and seizing of material worse. "If the police are literally just gathering information, with no suspect targeted yet, then a subpoena against a journalist would have probably been smarter than a search warranted that resulted in the front door of Chen's home being bashed in."
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RE: Not surprised...
by chris_l on Tue 27th Apr 2010 02:35 UTC in reply to "Not surprised..."
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At the end of the day Gizmodo was wrong on this, and while the iPhone was returned you have to think that if they did this what other things have they payed for and not divulged yet. Is the person they got the phone from someone who does this regularly, if so is Gizmodo one of his regular customers? If the device was stolen as I'm inclined to think then Chen is an accomplice in this crime, even more so by paying for known stolen property.

The sad thing about this is that Chen and those like him seem to be too stupid to ask the simple question
"Does what they're doing pass the Pawn Shop Test?"

If you don't know what that is, go a pawn shop and ask the owner how do they determine what to buy and what not to buy from someone who walks in from the street.

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