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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by spudley99 on Tue 27th Apr 2010 08:12 UTC
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I disagree with the sentiment of the article.

What has been stolen isn't a phone (as you say, it's already been returned). The [alleged] theft is of trade secrets, not physical property.

In short, it's a case of industrial sabotage, not small-time theft. That's why the police are getting heavy handed.

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by StychoKiller on Wed 28th Apr 2010 02:34 in reply to "disagree"
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[quote]In short, it's a case of industrial sabotage, not small-time theft. That's why the police are getting heavy handed.[/quote]

No, this is a case of a corporation with big 'nads getting the Silicon valley police to do their dirty work for them. Notice that the Guy was NOT charged with a crime, and that the search warrant had NO legible judge's signature? Methinks "there's something rotten in the state of Denmark!"

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