Originally Posted by jragosta
Whose home was the search warrant for? Chen's
Who published the story and admitted to taking the phone apart? Chen
Who asked Apple for a letter from legal before returning the phone? Chen
Who eventually returned the phone to Apple? Chen
Now, explain to me how Chen did not take possession of stolen property.
Admittedly, his boss may also be in trouble, but that doesn't absolve Chen.
It's like a drug case: Bust the little fish to get the big fish. In this case the big fish is Chen's BOSS. Cut and dry, Chen isn't the bad guy here, which I have said all along, therefore you are wrong. He did what he was told and he was told to to be thorough.
Can't blame the man for doing his job. He was left to swing in the wind by his superiors and the affidavit proves this.
In the end, the main mess falls on Apple and Hogan and Brian Lamb.
I am a shareholder. I have apple stock in my 401K . I chose the selection specifically for apple stock. I also have individual shares outside that, but I will be the first to admit they are guilty of vanity in this case just as much as Gizmodo's EDITORS are.
The way it will play out is Chen will be let go. I am willing to bet on it. Hogan and Warner will be hit with he brunt of the charges. Lamb MAY also be hit, but in the end they didn't "steal' the item, Hogan and Warner did. They just took the opportunity and reported on it.
What the police did in apple's favor is similar to the Latvia hacker case, wherein they raided the reporter's house to get info on the hacker. In the end they let the hacker go because he was no threat to the common good and actually revealed information everyone should know.
It's similar but not the same, but Chen did what he was told, did his job.
If your boss tell you: Be thorough, do your job. You'r gonna do it. Period. It's on him to figure out the legalities.
No one looked at that and instead persecuted Chen.