Judge rules disclosure of the contents of the search warrant; no charges filed yet.
Clifford Cretan, the judge who signed the search warrant in the Gizomodo-Jason Chen iPhone case, issued a ruling on Friday unveiling the contents of the controversial search warrant that had the cops breaking in Gizmodo editor’s house. Here are some of the interesting details that have come out from it:
- Apple, and not an individual employee, reported the missing phone.
- The case was filed as a trade secret violation
- Steve Jobs had personally called Brian Lam (of Gizmodo) requesting the phone back. Lam had only agreed to do so if Apple would send a letter confirming the phone belonged to them, which they did.
- Jason Chen is being investigated for receipt of stolen property, theft, copy of trade secret and destruction of property worth more than $400.
- Brian Hogan, the guy who found the iPhone prototype and subsequently sold it to Gizmodo, is identified as a suspect.
- Hogan was turned over by his roommate, Katherine Martinson, who was afraid of being caught as Hogan had plugged the prototype into her computer, outlining the underlying dangers of having a roommate. Just kiddin’…or am i?
- Hogan and his other roommate, Thomas Warner, had hid Hogan’s computer, thumb drive, flash card and the serial number stickers from the iPhone prototype prior to being searched by the police. These items were later found inside a local church, scattered amongst some bushes, and outside a convenience store.
- No charges have been filed yet though Hogan is more likely to be tied down. There was no word whether Gizmodo or Jason Chen would be included.
You can read the entire affidavit here.