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.

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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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