The saga of the Gizmodophone – the iPhone 4 prototype found in a bar and exposed on the web – is nearing its end: prosecutors have decided that Gizmodo's Jason Chen won't be charged with wrongdoing in the long-running phone follies. "The difficulty we faced is that Mr. Chen and Gizmodo were primarily, in their view, engaged in a …
If I had found it...
Insert into vice and over-tighten...
Strike repeatedly with ball-peen hammer...
Blowtorch anything that is left...
Drop remnants into the sea...
Walk away knowing I did a good days work.
Silly me, I'd rather have the $5,000 instead all those sour grapes.
"Sucks for him. He stole the phone. Shouldn't have stole the phone."
What happened to him?
At a guess...
"Feed him to the pigs, Errol.... "
A DA who decides that enough is enough?
Now I want to know how many taxpayer $$$ have been blown on this Apple Ego Trip.
Not so much of an ego trip
Property stolen from Apple (the theft having occurred at the moment the defendant decided not to return the thing) was sold at a profit. That's a crime. Asking the police to investigate a crime isn't an ego trip. The attitude of the defendant also seems sufficient to push the crime from a legal wrong to a moral wrong.
Busting gung-ho through an editor's door once it's become obvious that you're part of a high profile story potentially sounds like a bit of an ego excursion but there's not a shred of evidence to suggest Apple directed the police investigation. Chen was mistreated in my opinion, but you're far too quick to point the finger of blame.
Big problem for the case
Apple could hardly claim to have suffered economic damage as a result of the premature outing of the iPhone 4. That wouldn't have helped the chances of a prosecution succeeding.
In fact the sceptic in me can't help but think it did exactly the opposite, feeding the ithing media feed frenzy... They couldn't have got more column inches in the run up to the launch if they'd tried.
Said sceptic is also wondering what stunt they'll do for the next one? Start watching those bar stools people!
The only remaining question is how much damages the editor will receive from the state. Given that all the equipment he uses for work at home was confiscated on the basis of a warrant to investigate a prima facie bum charge, I expect at least six figures.
I wonder if...
...Steve Jobs was listening to It's My Party when he heard the news...
It's my iPhone and I'll sue if I want to,
sue if I want to,
sue if I want to,
you would sue too if it happened to you
Why is he off the hook?
Surely if Hogan is guilty of misappropriating / stealing (and benefited $5grand), surely Chen by the same reasoning is guilty of handling stolen property (fencing). Why did the police even try to use an information-dissemination related charge against Chen when they had him for a real crime?
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