Our story so far:
- Police have raided Jason Chen's property as it may have been "used to commit a felony" according to the warrant (assumingly the purchase of stolen property).
- Police say nobody in particular is currently under arrest and that the warrant is solely for gathering evidence. Gawker has responded citing journalism shield laws, which the DA had previously considered and dismissed but is now pausing the investigation for review.
- It is not apparently a widely held question as to whether or not Jason Chen would constitute as a journalist (he does), the real heart of the question is whether he is protected in this instance as the raid pertains to gathering information for a story or does not because paying for the phone makes for probable cause of a felony.
- The short, short version: Journalism shield laws protect journalists from companies simply pointing a finger at them and citing a crime ... but that might not be the turn of events leading to the raid.
- Apple sits on the steering committee for the REACT squad responsible for the raid. Police have stated they were not involved in REACT being included and that police themselves were unaware of the time that Apple sat on the committee.
So for the time we wait a bit while the men in suits figure out who has a case. And Scott Adams is still quite hilarious.