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]: A crime is a crime
by Morgan on Tue 27th Apr 2010 18:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: A crime is a crime"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

I don't think Zifre was saying Apple broke the law, rather that they have the power to use law enforcement for their own agendas. They in effect have created an upper class for themselves that can push law enforcement to do things for them that would not be done for the average citizen.

That position can easily be considered "above the law".

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RE[4]: A crime is a crime
by Smeagol on Tue 27th Apr 2010 19:45 in reply to "RE[3]: A crime is a crime"
Smeagol Member since:
2006-01-16

I don't think Zifre was saying Apple broke the law, rather that they have the power to use law enforcement for their own agendas. <snip>


And your proof of this is....??? Ah, I see. You have none.

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RE[5]: A crime is a crime
by Morgan on Tue 27th Apr 2010 20:07 in reply to "RE[4]: A crime is a crime"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

A bit childish to ask a question then immediately answer with a blind conclusion, is it not? Anyway...

If you mean proof of Zifre's meaning regarding Apple being "above the law", I have no proof of his frame of mind and never claimed to. I merely stated what I thought he meant.

If you mean proof of Apple having a lot of power, well besides it being common knowledge in this country that might makes right and money buys cops, no I don't have proof. I never claimed to either; it was merely an observation, so you can take your snarky attitude and shove it.

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