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[7]: i dunno
by abcxyz on Tue 27th Apr 2010 21:15 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: i dunno"
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That argument is like trying to say it's ok to take a car if the driver accidentally left the keys in it while they went to to supermarket.

No, I've never said James Chen did not do wrong. However, if I accidentally leave keys in the car, I should not be surprised and pose not only as a victim, but also as a complete idiot. That also implies I don't see why would I expect more then average effort from the law enforcement (esp. since I have not demonstrated stolen property being of a great value to me) and I am pretty sure my insurance company will send me away empty handed (usually there is a Reasonable precautions clause).

It's a tough world out there. Law enforcement should be after catching criminals and courts after treating them with appropriate punishment. But I just cannot help but feel someone is being an example out of for teasing the Goliath and that is wrong. Justice is depicted blind as it should not care who the victim and culprit are, but should attend to all of them with the same measure. When it is not the case, something is wrong with the justice system.

I know my comment is somewhat simplified, but is aimed at those who cry about this not being ordinary petty crime stolen phone, but billions of dollars worth of a leak. That is: a) overstated; and b) if I have that kind of money on anything, I *really* believe in keeping track of it if I am serious about my claims (which btw. I have not seen publicly made by Apple, but only it's law and order fan boys in their righteous wrath).

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