Thomas Nolan Jr., veteran criminal defense attorney from Nolan, Armstrong & Barton in Palo Alto, Calif., will represent the blogger who writes for the popular Gawker network.
Authorities are believed to be probing whether a crime was committed — and by who — when Gizmodo paid $5,000 for an Apple iPhone prototype that it said had been found in a Redwood City, Calif., bar. Gizmodo published detailed descriptions and photographs of the phone and then returned it. Police seized laptops, flash drives and credit card statements from Chen’s Fremont, Calif., home in a Friday raid,” Zusha Elinson reports for Law.com.
“Nolan said Tuesday that he didn’t know if Chen is the target of the investigation,” Elinson reports. “‘I don’t know whether he’s the target of the criminal probe or whether they’re trying to get information about sources from him,’ said Nolan. The lawyer added that ‘there’s a serious question about the propriety of issuing a search warrant for a journalist.'”
MacDailyNews Take: By SteveJack: If Jason Chen is a journalist… Howdy, I’m Edward R. Murrow! Nice to meet you. You can call me Ed. Good night, and good luck.
Elinson reports, “Gawker has also hired Thomas Burke, a First Amendment specialist from Davis Wright Tremaine. Burke and Gawker COO Gaby Darbyshire met with San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe on Monday morning to argue that Chen’s computers are protected under California journalism shield laws.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Spark” for the heads up.]