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Since we're on the topic of the iPhone 4 today, it only makes sense to mention that the District Attorney for San Mateo County, California, has been granted an application to withdraw the original warrant issued for the search and seizure of property belonging to Jason Chen and Gizmodo.  What does that mean?  Well I'm no expert in law, but what it comes down to is Chen and Gizmodo will be getting their stuff back because the DA seems to have realized that the way in which it was obtained was illegal.

Of course, it's never that simple.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation suggests that there are other ways of obtaining this information legally, and it wouldn't be entirely surprising if the authorities look for those ways of subpoenaing the seized items while still avoiding section California Penal Code 1524(g), the "prohibition against the issuance of warrants for 'unpublished information obtained or prepared in gathering, receiving or processing of information for communication to the public.'"

It's anyones guess now, but I think there ought to be some sort of "double jeopardy" law for this... but I guess they were never officially convicted.  So, again, who knows what will happen next.  Stay tuned!

Via EFF


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