News organizations seek Gizmodo court records in prototype 4G iPhone probe

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“The justifications police gave for searching the home of a Gizmodo editor in the criminal investigation of an iPhone prototype should be public, CNET is preparing to tell a judge this week,” Declan McCullagh and Greg Sandoval report for CNET.

“A group that also includes the California-based First Amendment Coalition and prominent news organizations is drafting a legal brief that will ask a court to unseal the detective’s affidavit used to obtain a search warrant nearly two weeks ago,” McCullagh and Sandoval report. “San Mateo County prosecutors have persuaded a judge to seal all the records of the case.”

McCullagh and Sandoval report, “Making those documents public could reveal whether prosecutors and Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan considered whether journalist shield laws applied to the evening raid of Jason Chen’s home last month and whether they viewed bloggers working for Nick Denton’s Gawker Media as members of a legitimate media organization.”

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11 Comments

  1. I am bit tired about this whole case. The media doesn’t inform correctly, here in Europe where we get second-hand news about it (correspondents who just write what they read in some US newspaper), and it’s crazy what crap is written: the story of hippie apple becoming evil is too attractive. A much better story than the simple truth….

  2. I MUST have one of these phones – do you realize it must be in the category of protecting our national security of something – and soon I will be able to buy some of them – (I plan to get several just in case).

    No matter what the price, no matter how useless the carrier is, no matter anything – after all this, I’m first in line no matter if it means showing up at my Apple store a week before this magical device is available to the ordinary citizen like me.

    Note to MDN – are you reporting EVERYTHING that happens with this or are you holding something back? I know you are in on this but we’re counting on you to let us know all you can without getting YOUR door kicked in.

  3. Yes very sad when theft of a product to simply reveal its secrets to the public. is considered on a par with revealing information that though illegally received is published in the public interests and might if it were not revealed be in breach of the citizen’s rights to know given facts and detrimental to their freedoms.

  4. It is public knowledge. Read the Gizmodo log, where they talked about spending 5K on a device that someone lifted at a bar, without mentioning it to the bartender or the police.

  5. “Making those documents public could reveal whether prosecutors and Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan considered whether journalist shield laws applied to the evening raid of Jason Chen’s home last month and whether they viewed bloggers working for Nick Denton’s Gawker Media as members of a legitimate media organization.”

    Legitimate Media Organization, hmmm…

    And once that is determined… does that mean James “JD” Guckert AKA “Jeff Gannon” of Talon News can go back to being a credentialed White House Press Corps (or Corpse if you are the brilliantly educated, Masters degreed, can complete a full sentence Obama) reporter asking the same lame ass questions he asked of the Bush Administration, that the so called REAL journalists ask of the Obama Administration…

    You know, Pulitzer Prize winning questions, as C1 would say, like, “New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny asked the president this question:

    During these first 100 days, what has surprised you the most about this office? Enchanted you the most from serving in this office? Humbled you the most? And troubled you the most?

    Mr. Obama: “Now let me write this down,” the president quipped. He looked down at the podium. “I’ve got…”

    Interjected Zeleny: “Surprised, troubled…”

    Mr. Obama: “I’ve got — what was the first one?”

    Zeleny: “Surprised.”

    Mr. Obama: “Surprised.”

    Zeleny: “Troubled.”

    Mr. Obama: “Troubled.”

    Zeleny: “Enchanted.”

    The president paused. “Enchanted,” he repeated. “Nice.”

    And then Zeleny receives praise from another twit of the so called journalist world, CNN’s very own John “our guy” Roberts.
    So, James Gannon appears to be just as suitable as any Jeff Zeleny or John Roberts type. Again, once it is determined whether they view bloggers working for Nick Denton’s Gawker Media as members of a legitimate media organization, of course.

    – C2

    http://mediamatters.org/research/200501260015

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-4979269-503544.html

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2009/05/01/cnns-john-roberts-hails-jeff-zelenys-enchanted-question-good-job-jeff

  6. People like cnet and giz amaze me.
    They never play by the rules but when the shit hits the fan and they’re in deep doodo they expect the powers that be to bend over backwards to help them outbid the hole they dug themselves.
    Sod ’em all. They wanted it their way, well now they’ve got it but suddenly the scoop doesn’t appear that great an idea.

  7. Here’s a little food for thought, far fetched as it may sound, that nobody has brought up in any discussions I can find concerning the matter, which would change the situation completely.

    I’m sure all the techies are aware that the military is adopting the iPhone for use in the battlefield.

    What if the missing iPhone in question is not the next generation phone believed to be destined for public consumption?

    What if this particular iPhone was being developed specifically for the military?

    Would it then become a matter of national security?

    Am I thinking too far out of the box?

    Just a thought, think about it.

    Have a nice day!

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