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

(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.

Nothing good ever comes of messing with Apple.
Nothing good ever comes of messing with Apple.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
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This is such an incredibly clear violation of state and federal law it takes my breath away. The only thing left for the authorities to do is return everything immediately and issue one of hell of an apology. - Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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