The Rapid Enforcement Allied what?? Oh. The warez police! You know the people that kick down grannies door and seize her MP3 collection. AKA Apples's Goon Squad.
What's the crime here? No one is even alleging the property was stolen. And it's been returned to Apple. Hmm.. Troubling to say the least. I like how they broke the guys door sometime in the evening rather than just serving the warrant at a decent time like in the morning.
Apple Publicity Stunt.
I really like movies where goon squads like this get mowed down under withering mini-gun fire, or the alien stands up, all 30 stories tall, and stomps their swaggering asses into the pavement.
No doubt. If a judge signs-off on a warrant late in the day, the cops should wait until 9am the next morning. If on a Friday, the cops should've waited until Monday, to give a chance for the press to be there . . . and possibly tip off the suspect into destroying evidence of a crime.
No mention of them shooting his dog, must be a cat person.
There’s an App for that!
If this were a D.C. politician under investigation, I wouldn’t give it a second thought, other than to know that nothing would come of it.
For this guy, I feel the weight of govt bearing down on him without mercy. Common folk and all.
VERY interesting information if you follow the link to the supporting documents. It would appear that the search warrant is invalid because Chen is employed by Gawker as a JOURNALIST. California’s own laws may have been violated in carrying out this warrant and seizing property.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out because as a journalist Chen is NOT required to provide ANY information about where or how he got his information...
Here’s the link that includes copies of the Search Warrant, as well as Gawker’s COO who has already contacted the Police Department regarding this event on Chen’s behalf — not the conclusion of the letter (copies to Counsel).
Apparently that was some special phone.
I think our cultural obsessions with the latest technological gadget, software or American Idol contestants and Larrys Kings love life come at the expense of much more important issues. These things are reflective of our collective ignorance and are very unhealthy for us. Rome is burning but the orgy proceeds apace.
“Gaby Darbyshire, chief operating officer of Gizmodo-parent Gawker Media, believes the search warrant and seizure are illegal. In his response to detective Broad (who executed the search), he writes “a search warrant may not be validly issued to confiscate the property of a journalist,” citing section 1524(g) of the California penal code.”
Apple is as evil as Google. I am happy their nextgen iPhone was revealed for all their competitors to see.
Eliminate the 4th Amendement? Yeah, there’s an App for that!
Don’t know how many of the lost iPhone threads are around, but here is another one ... :-)
But neither the guy who found the phone or the editor had clear title to the phone. The raid was a lot to much, but they could get charged with trafficking of stolen goods.