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[3]: Warning Across the Bows
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 27th Apr 2010 14:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Warning Across the Bows"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

So, let me ask you the question again.

Would law enforcement put as much effort into retrieving your phone as they are putting into this case? Are you really so naive as to believe that Apple's involvement with this particular task force does not play a major role in the vigour with which they pursue this matter?

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RE[4]: Warning Across the Bows
by Smeagol on Tue 27th Apr 2010 16:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Warning Across the Bows"
Smeagol Member since:
2006-01-16

Law enforcement probably wouldn't care. Why?

1. I don't have a prototype phone worth millions of $$.
2. No one in the press cares that I lost my phone, thus no extra page-hits for my story.

Law enforcement has to choose their cases. Those with the largest $$$ attached and high-profile cases will always trump the average schmuck. It's just "how things work".

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RE[5]: Warning Across the Bows
by Zifre on Tue 27th Apr 2010 21:35 in reply to "RE[4]: Warning Across the Bows"
Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

Law enforcement probably wouldn't care. Why?

1. I don't have a prototype phone worth millions of $$.
2. No one in the press cares that I lost my phone, thus no extra page-hits for my story.

Law enforcement has to choose their cases. Those with the largest $$$ attached and high-profile cases will always trump the average schmuck. It's just "how things work".

You are correct. But that's the problem. And you don't seem to care.

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sorpigal Member since:
2005-11-02

Those with the largest $$$ attached and high-profile cases will always trump the average schmuck. It's just "how things work".

And that is just plain wrong. Unjust at best.

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