Judge in iPhone Investigation Unseals Search Warrant Affidavit

Lora Bentley

The judge who issued a search warrant for Gizmodo blogger Jason Chen's home office after he published an exclusive story and photos of an iPhone 4G prototype decided to unseal the supporting affidavit.

 

CNET News reported Thursday that Judge Clifford Cretan reasoned:

It appears appropriate to me at this time to unseal the affidavit. I can no longer say there is an overriding interest in sealing.

He made the decision at the request of Gizmodo parent company Gawker Media and several other media organizations. In doing so, Cretan rejected the prosecution's argument that the public had no right to see or know what was in the affidavit until the investigation was complete and criminal charges were actually filed.

 

The 19-page affidavit supporting the search warrant and the order of the court sealing it are to be made available to the public no later than 2 p.m. PT Friday, the story says.



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