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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that show information on a top secret project.

But the guy I paid $5000 to explained that the government wouldn't take his call so no theft has occurred.

I'll be breaking down the documents later in a blog post with my picture on it. With this kind of coverage I'll be able to make back that $5000 and then some.

Oh and I'll pay top dollar for government documents. Just make sure you have a story about trying to contact the government so I can't be prosecuted for purchasing stolen property. K thanks.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

You really, really, want to equate top-secret defence information, on which countless lives may depend, to a prototype of something as fleeting as a cell phone?

Just... Wow. That's just... Sad.

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nt_jerkface Member since:

My example shows how silly his defense is.

Internal prototypes can be worth millions to a company. It's not just a random phone left at a bar.

The sad equation here is that people like you want to turn this into a case of poor wittle blogger when this guy knew that he was paying $5000 for a prototype that Apple would want back.

Then he broke it down and put his face on the blog. A total freaking idiot move that shouldn't be defended by anyone.

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