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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In this long thread, I've found Morgan's comments to be especially both consistent and illuminating, a lot of it due to his law enforcement background (street smarts). I do think though that this is not something new. If Henry Ford had a new auto prototype stolen, the cops would have been all over it, just as with Apple today. Likewise, if I, at the same time, was working on something new in my garage in the slums and it was stolen, the cops would give it a number and forget about it. It is true, in our age of instant communication, the implications are even bigger than ever. But, this has pretty much always been the scenario.

Apple cannot lose in this situation. They have done nothing wrong and can go after the "wrongdoers". And, they've had another huge round of publicity for the iPhone. They do not have to save face or anything of that sort - this is publicity money cannot buy.

I know many will think I'm simply being pc here, but I would ask that people stop using the term "retarded" for stupid actions by persons or companies. People who suffer from mental retardation are not stupid. And, if you have a loved one or friend who is mentally retarded (I'm not even using the pc term "mentally challenged"), you too would wince every time you see that term used for some type of stupidity. I know no offense was intended. Thank you.

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