Definitely the biggest tech story of the last couple weeks and maybe one of the biggest Apple product leaks, Gizmodo acquiring the iPhone prototype that is presumed to be the next iteration of the product line up was big news. However, the biggest question many people had after Apple admitted the prototype was indeed theirs and requested it be returned, was whether or not Gizmodo and the party who sold them the phone would face legal consequences.
Today, Gizmodo is reporting that their editor Jason Chen, who was originally shown holding the iPhone prototype in initial videos posted by the site, has had 4 of his computers and 2 severs seized by California’s Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team who entered his home while he was not present. The police had a warrant by Judge of Superior Court of San Mateo, although Gaby Darbyshire, COO of Gawker Media LLC claims the removal of Chen’s property was “invalid under section 1524(g) of the California Penal Code.”
This is Jason Chen’s account of the night followed by Gawker’s legal response to the police: