Thursday, April 29, 2010

Prosecutors review legality of searching editor's home

Two developments in the case of Gizmodo.com editor Jason Chen, whose home in Fremont was raided by police Friday after he obtained a prototype of Apple's next generation iPhone.

1. Steve Wagstaffe, San Mateo County chief deputy district attorney, said law enforcement won't examine any of the items taken from Chen's home until the legality of the search is reviewed by his office. Gizmodo's owner, Gawker.com, is arguing that since Chen worked out of his home, the residence should be protected from searches in the same way as newsrooms.

2. Several media outlets reported Wednesday that law enforcement has identified the person who apparently found the phone in a Redwood City bar. Wagstaffe said cops determined that person's identity before Friday's search. The prosecutor isn't saying who that person might be.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This raid exposes the dark side of Apple. The company has such broad popularity, but I wonder what will happen to the company's image when the facts in this case emerge?

Anonymous said...

This raid exposes the dark side of Apple. The company has such broad popularity, but I wonder what will happen to the company's image when the facts in this case emerge?

Anonymous said...

Let's try putting blame where it lies, the young man who found the prototype iPhone and then took off with it; what happened to common decency, he should have returned the found iPhone.
He made no attempt to return it to Apple by returning the phone to the bar or the bar manager. And then he profited from his "find" by selling it for $5,000.
As for the youngest journalist, since when did journalists use ill-gotten material for a story?
If we as journalists reside in the slime then I'll wash my hands of the field.