Blogger Who Broke The Prototype iPhone Story Gets Raided By Cops

Unless you were under a rock like I was (sort of) last week, You surely heard of the story of the Apple engineer who went drinking with some friends to celebrate his birthday and lost a prototype iPhone. Said iPhone eventually ended up in the hands of Jason Chen of Gizmodo who then posted the details for all to see. While he did return the iPhone to Apple…. eventually, the legality of the whole affair has been question as Chen apparently paid for the phone. That’s important because:

“There are criminal statues on [states’] books for the receipt of stolen property,” [Barry] Cohen [intellectual property attorney at Thorp Reed & Armstrong LLP] said. “I would be wary of buying something from someone not knowing the provenance. Everyone knows that Apple keeps a very tight lid on these kinds of things.”

So it didn’t come as a shock to me when the news that Chen’s house got raided by cops armed with a search warrant hit the wires. Gizmodo has the details from their side of the fence and they’re making a novel argument to keep the stuff that they took from being used in a future criminal case:

According to Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code.

And not to mention that they are saying that California’s shield law, which protects journalists from having to turn over anonymous sources or unpublished material to law enforcement during a search, applies here.

An already wild story has just taken another plot twist. Stay tuned for more.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: