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04-26-2010, 04:18 PM #1
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."
Last edited by Michael Essany; 04-26-2010 at 04:25 PM.
04-26-2010, 04:21 PM #2
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04-26-2010, 04:27 PM #4
Too damn far.
04-26-2010, 04:28 PM #5
Don't F*** with Steve Jobs, he'll get youName? whereswaldo
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04-26-2010, 04:32 PM #6
isnt that actually illegal?If i helped, don't be afraid to hit the thanks button. It won't bite!!!!
How may I hack you?
04-26-2010, 04:33 PM #7
hes a good guy, he leaked info bout the new 4G but he didnt leak the specs....so be surprised when u finally get urs specs
and we are living in a new era, where this would have leaked anyhow....
maybe apple did this on purpose so the new phone can get even more news b4 it comes out and they make a trillion dollars
04-26-2010, 04:33 PM #8
i heard they took his computer
04-26-2010, 04:34 PM #9
I don't understand why police would be allowed to do this? What reasons were given to give police authority to do this? He had already contacted Apple and the iPhone was given back. If he broke the law then arrest him but I don't see how his personal computers are part of the investigation? This doesn't seem right to me.
04-26-2010, 04:35 PM #10
he better has learned his leason. Never MESS with Steve!!!
04-26-2010, 04:35 PM #11
ya another excuse for me to sell my iphone. not going to support it.
04-26-2010, 04:36 PM #12
thats a bunch of Shi* they should be going after the person that left the device at the bar
04-26-2010, 04:36 PM #13
If i was Jason i would hold this personal against Steve and set revenge and **** the legal way , it would be a messy punishment served ..... people like Steve power trip with all his money , but in the long run might piss off that simple basic person that is mentally unstable with nothing to loose and ................................. Leave that to your imagination
Back to my pink padded room I go. ... Mahahahahahahaaaaaa
04-26-2010, 04:37 PM #14
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04-26-2010, 04:56 PM #17
This is taking it way too far...It's only impossible if you quit.
04-26-2010, 05:02 PM #18
yeah this really is a joke! it does sound trivial but wont be buying anymore apple goods. screw them!
04-26-2010, 05:06 PM #19
WOW and this is just because he had an iphone 4G? that's def not a good reason. stupid cops.
04-26-2010, 05:12 PM #20Praise the Devs! To each and every one of you who spend your time writing code and making apps for little or no profit... Its YOU that makes the iPhone great, NOT Apple!! From me to you, a million thanks!!