Monday, April 26, 2010

A legal conundrum...




So, you guys remember that little incident last week where the Gizmodo folks got a hold of the next iPhone, right?




I'm guessing it's not a coincidence that Gizmodo's Jason Chen has had his computers seized.




I'm wondering, though, if San Mateo has any legal ground to stand on here, considering that their search warrant says:




"THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO ANY PEACE OFFICER IN THE COUNTY OF SAN MATEO: proof by affidavit having been made before me by Detective Matthew Broad, San Mateo County's Sheriff's Office demonstrates that there is probable cause to believe that the property described herein may be found at the locations set forth herein and that it is lawfully sizeable pursuant to Penal Code Section 1524 as indicated below..."




Lawfully sizeable? Do they know that sizeable means large? Or do they perhaps mean lawfully seizable? Hmmm...by stating that the property is sizeable as opposed to seizable, do they actually not have any right to take Chen's stuff? ;)




Let this be a lesson not just to the Keystone Kops, but to all of you...spell-check is not always your friend!

2 comments:

Bridgete said...

Ooh...I have to go back and find something for you on Westlaw. It's a lovely mistype in a legal opinion...it's hilarious. =)

THE GRAMMARPHILE said...

Nice! Can't wait to check it out! :)