Men involved in stolen iPhone 4 prototype case get one year probation

By Shawn Knight · 7 replies
Oct 12, 2011
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  1. The two men that reportedly sold a lost iPhone 4 prototype to tech blog Gizmodo last year have pleaded no contest to misdemeanor theft of lost property. Brian John Hogan,…

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  2. I'm assuming "Chen" was the editor that had his home searched.
  3. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    Guess they passed on trying to utilize the age-old "finders keepers, losers weepers" defense?
  4. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,352   +293

    That would be correct. Read above that:

  5. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 465   +217

    Why would anyone want to spend $5,000 on an iphone?
  6. Uvindu

    Uvindu TS Booster Posts: 120

    Because it wasn't released at the time and everyone was wondering what it would be like and stuff...
  7. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    How can you charge someone theft of abandoned property? If law enforcement can collect abandoned dna samples on trashed cups and discarded cigarettes and use it for evidence, well why can't we take abandoned Iphones? The dictatorship and the law side-stepping spirit of Steve Jobs lives on in apple.
  8. Apple never publicly admitted that it was theirs. I don't see how they can be charged with "misappropriation of lost property and possession of stolen property" when no one claimed it as lost or stolen. If you read blam's personal recollection of the events, Steve called him up personally on several occasions, asking for the phone, but refusing to publicly admit it was Apple's. That was the primary reason that Gawker as a company insisted on running the stories. They basically held it hostage: except the ransom was to claim it and the "or else" was to publish.

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