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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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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abcxyz Member since:

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

I'd really love you to show us thicker ones, how exactly is that so, esp. in this particular case, your personal believes aside, please. Also a more precise number then millions would help my understanding.

Someone tried to steal my car once. Failed to disturbed by a car alarm but broke the lock and damaged the door nonetheless. Police filed it as misdemeanor, after all the actual damage was just broken lock, well bellow the felony limit, right? I did not have to come up with stories of millions, the car itself would be enough, but I knew they have more important things to go after, plus I still had my car so it really was only about fixing it. Yet now I feel somewhat cheated as they can apparently throw themselves fully into a case.

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