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 chris_l on Tue 27th Apr 2010 02:23 UTC in reply to "Jason, get your own lawyer!"
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From what I know (from reading around), companies do support their employees with company lawyers. However, when things go south, these lawyers are ordered to protect the company as a whole, and not an individual employee (who then usually serves as "the fall guy").

So, my (non-legal, I'm no lawyer) advice to Jason Chen: *get your OWN lawyer*. I'm not saying that the above is what's going to happen in this situation (I can't foresee the future), but having talked to Jason online a few times in the distant past, I'm worried about him. He always seemed very nice and kind. I hope he gets off all this easily.

As for the case itself, I think it would have served Apple better to just sit down and shut up. Ok, so an employee lost, or had his iPhone 4G stolen. Then the news broke out. Any respectable company would just say "no comment" and go on with its business. Now, with all this hoopla, Apple is getting a bad wrap. Again, by reading online, 50% of the people seem to side with Apple, and 50% seen to side with Gizmodo. However, many of the 50% who side with Gizmodo did not have a bad idea about Apple before this. But now they do.


What a load of bullshit. Those 50% who support Gizmodo are the same losers who went off the deep end when Groklaw came out against Pystar and their theiving ways, again when Groklaw said "Wait a minute" when the idiotic editors here posted a bunch of garbage that turned out not to be true concering IBM and TurboHercules.

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