Calif. Cops Raid Gizmodo Editor's Home
Seize Jason Chen's computers, servers; Gawker cries foul
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2010 6:20 PM CDT
Nothing good ever comes of messing with Apple.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – Cross Steve Jobs and encounter the wrath of, well, at least the California police. That's who greeted Gizmodo editor Jason Chen—he of the scoop on Apple's next-gen iPhone that was found in a bar—with a search warrant Friday night. Chen arrived home to find police had broken down his door and were carting computers, servers, flash drives, and pretty much any other electronic device out the door. But the plot thickens, reports CNET.

The $5,000 Gizmodo shelled out for the prototype generated raised brows and consternation, but parent Gawker Media is adamant that Chen and his home, which is his office, are protected under a California law that prohibits judges from signing warrants that target journalists. As such, they're demanding "the immediate return" of Chen's belongings. For copies of the warrant, Chen's account, and Gawker's response, click here.

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BruceAb
Jun 1, 2010 10:38 AM CDT
By this "reasoning", if a reporter steals a man's wallet, and then writes about the contents of the wallet, his house cannot be raided because he is "protected as a journalist". Nice try, but no cigar!
janbee
Apr 27, 2010 6:02 AM CDT
Were these real cops or the gang of police from Ben Rothlenbergers Posse? Apple and Steve Jobs grows scarier by the day.
Reader38197885
Apr 27, 2010 3:58 AM CDT
The phone looked more like Sprints new EVO in discise!