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Legality Of Raid On Home Of iPhone Blogger Raid Queried

The legality of the raid on the home of the iPhone blogger has been widely questioned today.

Following yesterday's raid on the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen, the actions of the police have been criticised by some and the examination of Chen's compute equipment has been put on hold.

Chen paid £3,200 dollars for the prototype iPhone device which was found in a bar and the police interefered yesterday in order to retrieve details about the deal.

The San Fransisco Chronicle however, are currently questioning whether the actions of the police were legal or whether Chen should be protected by Californian state law. The law states that journalists should have the right to protect their unpublished material and currently there is much debate about whether a blogger should fall under the protection of this rule.

San Mateo county chief deputy district attorney Steve Wagstaffe says he is currently considering the matter and expects to issue a legal memo later this week. He has reassured critics that the computers would not be examined until then.

The processing equipment which belongs to Chen is currently held by the Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team (React), the state's high-tech crime taskforce that conducted the raid.

Earlier in an interview with news site CNet, Wagstaffe defended the raid saying prosecutors had considered whether reporter shield laws applied to the case but decided to proceed.

He also stated that the police had discovered the name of the person who had taken the phone and they had spoken to him directly regarding the matter.

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