Prosecutors Fight to Keep Search Affidavit Sealed in iPhone Case

Lora Bentley

In the continuing saga of the leaked iPhone 4G prototype, it appears prosecutors in San Mateo County, Calif., don't want to release the information upon which they based their application for a warrant to search the home of Gizmodo blogger Jason Chen.

 

Chen's home was raided after he wrote and published an exclusive article and accompanying photos about the yet-to-be-released phone. He reportedly purchased the phone from a man who found it at an San Francisco bar after an Apple employee had inadvertently left it there. Chen's employer, Gawker Media, along with several other media organizations and free press advocates, have petitioned to have to affidavit supporting the search warrant unsealed, arguing that the search was improper under California's journalist shield laws.

 

SiliconValley.com reported last week that prosecutors are fighting to keep the affidavit sealed - at least in part - because it "contains information about informants" whom they don't want to compromise. San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan, who granted the warrant, is expected to decide the issue later this week.

 

In the meantime, the story says, prosecutors are working with Chen's attorney to get the information they're interested in voluntarily.



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