Police Execute Warrant, Seize Gizmodo Computers Over iPhone 4G Brouhaha

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From our “We told you so” department, San Mateo County sheriffs have executed a warrant, seizing computers and other items from Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s residence, following the appearance of a lost secret iPhone 4G prototype both in Gizmodo’s possession, and on their blog, where they fully disclosed Apple’s proprietary prototype. Jason Chen was not arrested, although he was patted down.

Said Chen, who had made no secret of the fact that Gizmodo had possession of Apple’s lost property – indeed Gizmodo had paid handsomely to have the missing iPhone land in Gizmodo’s hands – said “When I got home, I noticed the garage door was half-open. And when I tried to open it, officers came out and said they had a warrant to search my house and any vehicles on the property ‘in my control.’ They then made me place my hands behind my head and searched me to make sure I had no weapons or sharp objects on me.”

A statement today by Gizmodo said that “Last Friday night, California’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team entered editor Jason Chen’s home without him present, seizing four computers and two servers. They did so using a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo. According to Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC, the search warrant to remove these computers was invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code.”

More developments as they happen.

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