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Police raid Gizmodo editor’s home over prototype iPhone

Police entered the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen late Friday evening, seizing a variety of computers, servers, and other electronic items as evidence possibly “used as the means of committing a felony,” related to the recent prototype iPhone incident. Chen was responsible for the posting of details relating to a prototype fourth-generation iPhone that the site reportedly purchased for $5,000 from an unknown party who supposedly “found” the phone at a Redwood City bar, after it was “lost” by an Apple engineer. Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gizmodo owner Gawker Media, has claimed the search warrant was invalid due to a California law protecting journalists, however, there has been speculation that Gizmodo’s purchase of the phone may have itself been illegal, with the seller guilty of theft for failure to return the phone to its rightful owner, and Gizmodo of purchasing and receiving stolen property. While it is likely that Apple had contacted the authorities about the lost prototype device, the company could not have been directly responsible for the raid on Chen’s home.

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First, Steve Jobs can not and did not make your referenced law. It is on the books. It is not the “Apple Law” that just happened to appear the day this iPhone was outed. It is an existing law that a judge has deemed MAY (M-A-Y!) have been broken. Warrant signed…investigation under way!

Now, you walk out of a bar and leave your car keys behind…

Another customer finds your keys and they say Hyundai on them. He makes a few calls to the local Hyundai dealer to ascertain the owner. He gets nothing, so he drives your car to a used car lot and sells it for $1000. Where was his right to do that? He sold something that was not his to sell.

You are just dead set to make this some huge freaking conspiracy. This is not about arbitrary laws or massive corporate greed. Maybe there are shades of each of those involved, but this is a simple matter of “personal” greed. The finder saw a meal ticket and auctioned off something that WAS NOT HIS for personal profit.

As to your still lame attempt to put journalists above all human law. Wrong! Calling something journalism does not remove you from legal retribution. As I stated, journalists are afforded free speech and limited source protection under the law. They are not free to break a law simply because they are writing about it. No if’s, and’s or but’s about it. Gizmodo admitted in their very own blog that they knew this “finder” was not the owner of the device. That means they KNOWINGLY purchased something that was not rightfully for sale. And they even placed a value of greater than $500 on the damned thing. They put themselves into grand larceny by making the estimated value $5000.

They dug their own grave on more than one front and I personally hope they like the taste of the dirt shoveled upon them. That was just stupid.

Now, to reiterate something that you still have yet to grasp…NO ONE knows all the facts outside of the involved parties. That is what an investigation is for. That is what is happening now! They could very easily come back and say this does not fit the statute for theft (or whatever!). Luckily for the rest of the world, that is not your personal decision to make. Otherwise we would live in a finders’keepers society where leaving your car unlocked with the keys in it simply means “please have my car”! Criminals will gladly support your presidential nomination.

Posted by Mitch on April 29, 2010 at 10:44 AM (CDT)

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