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: Kind of scary
by Morgan on Tue 27th Apr 2010 00:27 UTC in reply to "Kind of scary"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

There was a "valid" reason: Intimidation. Corporate-bought intimidation from the one government entity that can 100% fuck your life over: The Fuzz. "What's this, Mr. Chen? Illegal pictures found on your hard drive? Well of course they're yours, it would be illegal for us to plant them. Why, you're looking at 30 years in PMITA prison, son! What's that? You'll cooperate fully now? We thought so."

It sounds like something out of a bad Michael Crichton movie, but it happens in the real world too. Work in law enforcement for a week and I guarantee you'll see something like this go down.

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RE[2]: Kind of scary
by fanboi_fanboi on Tue 27th Apr 2010 13:52 in reply to "RE: Kind of scary"
fanboi_fanboi Member since:
2010-04-21

Wow, how's that tinfoil hat fitting?

A crime was committed. The injured party (Apple) reported it. The local police followed due process to begin to solve the crime.

Please, go back to Roswell.

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RE[3]: Kind of scary
by Morgan on Tue 27th Apr 2010 15:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Kind of scary"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

What tinfoil hat? In case you haven't gathered from this and other posts by me, I work in law enforcement. I have for the past 11 years. I've seen this kind of harassment and intimidation before, more than once at my prior job.

I agree, a crime was committed, my point was not that the police shouldn't be involved. My point was that a company like Apple can get a search warrant, a SWAT callout and a near immediate response over a damn cell phone. Have someone steal your phone and try to get the police to do more than file a report. It's unfair, imbalanced, and unfortunately the way the world works today. Anyone can see that.

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