“Authorities have finally begun examining the computers, server, and other electronic gear seized from a Gizmodo editor as part of the investigation into a missing iPhone prototype,” Greg Sandoval and Declan McCullagh report for CNET.
“Stephen Wagstaffe, chief deputy district attorney for San Mateo County, told CNET on Wednesday that a court there had appointed a ‘special master’ to search the items seized from the home of Jason Chen in late April,” Sandoval and McCullagh report. “The court has asked the special master to collect only information that pertains to Gizmodo’s dealings with an iPhone prototype that the blog purchased for $5,000.”
Sandoval and McCullagh report, “Wagstaffe said his staff considered whether reporter shield laws applied and then decided to proceed. Once Chen’s gear was confiscated, it couldn’t be searched until the issue of whether the search was lawful was addressed. Wagstaffe said his department and Chen’s attorney, Thomas Nolan, came to an agreement on how Chen’s computer and other equipment could be searched. Nolan did not respond to an interview request.
“According to Wagstaffe, a special master is an unpaid agent appointed by the court to make sure judicial orders are followed. Special masters are typically volunteers, mostly former judges or law professors, Wagstaffe said. They are supposed to be unconnected to the cases they are working on. Wagstaffe said he was under court orders not to reveal the identity of the special master reviewing Chen’s possessions,” Sandoval and McCullagh report. “After the search is concluded, the special master will send his findings of what he believes is relevant to the case on to the judge, who will then present it to Chen and his lawyers so they can make any objections. The judge will then decide what to forward to the district attorney.”
More info in the full article here.
D8: Steve Jobs on the Gizmodo Story: Jobs talks candidly about Apple’s situation with Gizmodo, the site that bought an iPhone prototype found in a bar.
Direct link to video via AllThingsD here.
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