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 bert64 on Wed 28th Apr 2010 10:24 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: i dunno"
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If someone did take such a car, drive it round for a few days and then it was found.. The police would do very little about it, they might put police tape on it and tell the original owner to come and pick it up... They might even make the original owner pay parking fines because their car was parked illegally by the thieves.

Yes, this has happened to a friend of mine, he reported his car stolen and the police just gave him a number... Few days later the police call to say his car has been found and give him the street address where it is. When he gets there, he finds the car there but the wheels and stereo have been removed, and theres a parking ticket on the car. It takes him a couple of days to source some new wheels and the tools necessary to get them onto the car so he can move it.

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