Legality of raid on home of iPhone blogger raid queried

The examination of computers belonging to a technology blogger who bought an iPhone prototype has been put on hold.Gizmodo editor Jason Chen had computers and other equipment taken from his house after he paid $5,000 (£3,200) for the phone, which was found in a bar.His lawyers argue that he is protected by California’s shield law.State lawyers are considering whether the raids in Fremont were legal, according to the San Francisco Chronice. see:Gizmodo considers suing police after iPhone raid
A lawyer for Gizmodo says the gadget blog could sue the sheriff’s office in San Mateo County, Calif., for raiding an editor’s home last Friday as part of a criminal probe into an errant iPhone prototype.The option of a lawsuit “is available because search is not the appropriate method in this situation,” Thomas R. Burke, a media lawyer and partner in the San Francisco offices of Davis Wright Tremaine, told CNET. He said the search warrant violated a California journalist shield law designed to limit searches of newsrooms.

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