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  • Police Raid Gizmodo Editor Jason Chenís Home


    Apple takes its leaks very seriously.

    Just ask Gizmodo Editor Jason Chen. From the sound of it, authorities did everything but send a SWAT team flying in through Chen's living room windows as the consequences of Gizmodo's controversial acquisition of the new iPhone continue to amass.

    According to court documents obtained and published online, a search and seizure warrant was issued for Chen's residence. As a result, Chen's pad was raided by California's Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team. Four of Chen's computers and two servers were taken into custody. In all, some two dozen pieces of electronic equipment - like hard drives, digital cameras, 4 laptops... etc. - were taken. Chen's own account of the ordeal reveals that police had "broken down" his front door. Upon returning, Chen was also searched by police himself - you know, just in case, Chen had another stolen - I mean "lost" - iPhone on his person.

    Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, says the search warrant was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code. Darbyshire is playing a language game with the law and suggesting that a reporter's "notes, outtakes, photographs, tapes or other data of whatever sort" cannot be subjected to a police search and seizure.

    Chen, who was not home at the time of the authorities arrival, returned to his residence just as officials were cataloging the goods taken from Chen's residence. California law holds that a search warrant can be served between 7am and 10pm.

    The real question now is whether Chen will be afforded the same legal protections reserved for journalists. Bloggers, after all, may be treated differently in the eyes of the law, which would then make the confiscation of Chen's computers and servers legal by search warrant. Chen, after all, works fulltime for Gawker Media, but he does so from home.

    Who knew that coughing up $5000 for a lost iPhone at a local bar would lead to so much trouble?

    It should be noted, however, that despite erroneous reports elsewhere, Chen was not arrested and taken to prison. In other words, Mr. Chen isn't in need of a "jailbreak."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Police Raid Gizmodo Editor Jason Chenís Home started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 93 Comments
    1. mainc21's Avatar
      mainc21 -
      I think Apple should have did nothing, and just played it off as a fake. Now the whole world knows that its real.
    1. WTFDANG <3's Avatar
      WTFDANG <3 -
      Very interesting. As I say another mans trash another mans treasure
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheOnlyest View Post
      Count me in on this side of the coin, this is the last straw, screw that arrogant jagoff Steve Jobs and his evil empire of greed. No more Apple products for me! Is there a "modmydroid" site?
      I'm with you on this one, maybe we should start a modmydroid site. I think this is a crock of $h!t. Steve BJobs can kiss my @$$. WTF gives them the right to raid his house when he returned the device anyway? If I was him I'd release the specs of the phone if he knows what they are.
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      I heard they took his computers and Apple didnt know what to do, because he was running Linux Slackware OS. Steve Jobs looked at it and said "huh?". But im still calling BS......For the simple fact that IF u know u have APPLES next up coming BILLION dollar profit making 4g Iphone.......WHY IN THE HELL WOULD U POST YOUR FACE ON YOUTUBE WITH THE DAMN PHONE!!!!!.....=-)
    1. smooth22's Avatar
      smooth22 -
      Man F**k steve jobs and the police for there illegal search and seizer of his property, not steve jobs computers nor the police computers they act like this dude had child porn our somthing at his house i hope he beats this rap!
    1. ModJoe's Avatar
      ModJoe -
      i thought California law, says that the founder, who knows the owner5 and noit giving it back is a kind of theft. so Chen should be innocent and the real founder is the bad guy, who gain money.

      so free Chen ...
    1. jaylen555's Avatar
      jaylen555 -
      we should be supporting him. without him the 4g would be unheard of lol
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Is this the douche that showed the iPhone 4G?
      I don't like him, ruined the surprise for everyone and the fact that he didn't tell the hardware specs
      Waaaaaaa daddy..... that mean man showed me pictures of the new iPhone waaaaaaa. Son, did he make you look at the pictures? Well, no but he posted them waaaaaaaaaaaa.

      Wow... ffs dude, grow up.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      The guy knowing purchased stolen property. It became stolen as soon as it was offered for sale knowing the owner wanted his property back and insufficient effort had been made to return it. Gizmodo knew full well at the point of purchase the item was stolen. This Chen should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

      And no, bloggers aren't journalists. Chen bought and exploited stolen property so his website could get more hits and he and his company would make more money. There isn't any muckraking going on here. Just plain loathsome theft and needs to be punished. Chen's antics alone may have cost billions to Apple's investors. Of course no one thinks about that. Not all stock owners are rich and can afford a loss, of any amount, and shouldn't have to over crap like this. Some of us only have a handful of shares because we're poor students trying to pay off loans in a more creative fashion.
    1. -Blue-'s Avatar
      -Blue- -
      next they will send the FBI and following the secret service to make him disapear
    1. idigit's Avatar
      idigit -
      Gray Powell made a terrible mistake but hey haven't we all at one point or another. The guy that took it from the bar is being called allot of things and I don't need to add to it here but he is at fault for not taking it to the bar manager/owner. Gizmodo, Chen and company are wrong.

      It has been written the person that originally acquired the iPhone attempted to contact Apple.
      I would have drove the phone to Cupertino and brought it inside Apple and asked for the head of legal and or Job's himself to turn it in. The person never took it to that extreme.

      I sort of understand where Apple is coming from, Apple can and most likely will lose out monetarily wise but also the "fun" factor. Kind of like going to peak at your Christmas presents before your parents wrap them and Christmas morning arrives and you already know what your getting. Yeah I even looked at the web pages and hope it's not quite done and apple polishes it up a little although I would be happy with the way it is.

      just my 2 cents
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      lmfao it sounds like a ******* joke. cant believe it's actually real wow. its the sort of things you wouldnt even see in movies. Like guys break through his door because he showed the new iPhone lmao. Reminds me of the latest pure pwnage episode when swat breaks in the house because doug is not allowed to play game.

      Here watch this rofl
      [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDi3AAS_q6o"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDi3AAS_q6o[/ame]
    1. KingRedmer's Avatar
      KingRedmer -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      I'm with you on this one, maybe we should start a modmydroid site. I think this is a crock of !t. Steve BJobs can kiss my @$$. WTF gives them the right to raid his house when he returned the device anyway? If I was him I'd release the specs of the phone if he knows what they are.
      Lol, there is a Modmy android site, specifically ModmyGphone, which is affiliated with this site. ModMyGphone.com If you're using a computer to view this site there's a link to it all the way at the top of the page
    1. calvinbui's Avatar
      calvinbui -
      power corrupts.
    1. TheWiredHavocMC2.0's Avatar
      TheWiredHavocMC2.0 -
      I honestly think someone paid Gray Powell to leave the phone, the person picked it up and sold it to Giz. Im sure it will go much deeper.
    1. Leviathan2201's Avatar
      Leviathan2201 -
      i dont know but would not give a sh** to all that, the guy who showed the ipad on the presentation day to woz, got fired, but the drunk a** who lost the phone, (which found by a "lucky guy" sold to the guys from gizmodo for $5000 who show it to the whole world, and was only commented by apple with the order to bring it back) still works at apple.

      C'mon this was just a model which wont look like the real model presented on July 22, it looks like a cheap fake model from china from the last year.

      I think apple is either full of a**holes, because they fired up the wrong dude, or didnt know what to do and let the "new" model leak to test te reaction of 100.000 apple geeks, or simply make fun out of them.

      i bet, steve sits behind his mac book pro, reading all those posts laughing and thinking what f*****g i****s we all are.
    1. TheWiredHavocMC2.0's Avatar
      TheWiredHavocMC2.0 -
      your probably right. The impression i get from steve is that he is a really a-hole and thinks the world revolves around him.
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      The guy knowing purchased stolen property. It became stolen as soon as it was offered for sale knowing the owner wanted his property back and insufficient effort had been made to return it. Gizmodo knew full well at the point of purchase the item was stolen. This Chen should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

      And no, bloggers aren't journalists. Chen bought and exploited stolen property so his website could get more hits and he and his company would make more money. There isn't any muckraking going on here. Just plain loathsome theft and needs to be punished. Chen's antics alone may have cost billions to Apple's investors. Of course no one thinks about that. Not all stock owners are rich and can afford a loss, of any amount, and shouldn't have to over crap like this. Some of us only have a handful of shares because we're poor students trying to pay off loans in a more creative fashion.
      If anything mr. Stock Holder.....thank this guy when the 4G breaks previous records this summer. You guys really think anybody lost out on this besides the blogger? I mean we have paparazzi harrassing celebrities for pics of their kids....this guy is in the tech world and came into a gold mine. If anything he helped apple because I was convinced the 4G was going to be a 3G case with an updated software. Apple raided his house as a form of advertising. "Yes, our new phone is so badass that we want to make sure the guy doesn't have any info on it" And all the pople "Boycotting" apple, lol, who are you kidding. I see your post counts and i KNOW you are all APPLE CRACK ADDICTS!!! So go ahead and say you're going to the droid, you'll probably shift over to the ATT booth and get a 4G instead. Let's ber honest guys, this s**t is was keeps the blood flowing in our veins....so thank you Apple and Jason Chen for creating a huge buzz on a highly anticipated device.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Actually it is being reported that this search and seizure may be illegal, as he is a journalist and is exempt from such things.
    1. TheWiredHavocMC2.0's Avatar
      TheWiredHavocMC2.0 -
      true but they are going after them for "stolen property" which no one is exempt from on a federal level.

      either way Giz is going to pay big time.