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: Jason, get your own lawyer!
by Morgan on Tue 27th Apr 2010 00:33 UTC in reply to "Jason, get your own lawyer!"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

I agree, Chen should lawyer up FAST.

As for taking sides, I'm not going to do that in this case. I don't care for Apple dragging in the police purely for intimidation and revenge, and from the start I thought the guys at Gizmodo were utter morons for getting neck-deep in this mess.

Shame on Apple for choosing to be revenge-seeking pricks, shame on the cops involved for so transparently choosing to "serve and protect" a multi-billion-dollar corporation over the rights and freedoms of a citizen of their community, and shame on Gizmodo for choosing to break the law (by buying a known stolen/lost item) for 15 minutes of internet fame.

I'm thoroughly disgusted.

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StychoKiller Member since:
2005-09-20

I'm left wondering just what Apple thinks they could get away with if this Guy lived in Canada, instead of Silicon Valley. Think they're up to creating an International Incident over something that is arguably their own d@mn fault?

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