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: What were they looking for?
by tyrione on Tue 27th Apr 2010 21:03 UTC in reply to "What were they looking for?"
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That is ridiculous... do they think they're going to uncover secret plans to happen upon another secret product that some drunk Apple employee left at a bar?

They are just inconveniencing him for the point of inconveniencing him. That is garbage and the dirtbag judge never should have issued a warrant.

As for disassembling it, I don't see a crime. I equate that to a car enthusiast opening a hood. At least he didn't put it in a blender.

There is no crime to disassemble one's own commercially available phone. You'll void your warranty but that's it.

Seizing all communication devices should not be shocking to any reasonable person. They are trying to determine the one to many communications involved during this time period.

Nothing in their warrant authorizes them to then go after him for any ``other perceived" questionable transactions.

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