Tech Blogger Off the Hook for iPhone Exposé
|Screenshot from Jason Chen's video, April 2010|
Yesterday, San Mateo County Assistant District Attorney Morley Pitt announced that no charges would be brought against Chen, citing California's shield laws that protect the confidentiality of journalists' sources.
However, Brian Hogan and Sage Wallower, who picked up the phone in the first place and sold it to Chen, have been charged with misappropriation of lost property and possession of stolen property. When the two men found the phone, they sold it to Chen for $5,000 after unsuccessful attempts to contact Apple.
Apple was understandably infuriated by the exposé, but some felt that Apple went over the top by having the Superior Court of San Mateo issue a warrant so California's REACT (Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team) could raid Chen's residence, seizing four computers, two servers, and flash drives.
The saga is finally over. Gizmodo's parent company Gawker Media released this statement yesterday: "While we have always believed that we were acting fully within the law, it has inevitably been stressful for the editor concerned, Jason Chen, and we are glad that we can finally put this matter behind us."Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF and @SFWeekly.