A consortium of media organisations have asked a court to release documents relating to the search warrant by investigators into how tech blog Gizmodo acquired a stolen prototype iPhone 4G.
The warrant, issued to the San Mateo police department, was used to carry out a controversial raid on Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home, seizing laptops, computers and hard drives.
Six media organisations, along with The First Amendment Coalition, have filed a joint request to view the documents, with the hearing taking place in the presence of Superior Court Judge Stephen Hall in Redwood City.
Peter Scheer, executive director of San Rafael, a California-based media company, told Bloomberg Businessweek in a phone interview that “A warrant is a very intrusive device, especially for a journalist. Affidavits are supposed to be public records and the public has a legitimate interest in seeing that the process used to get the warrant was fair.”
Gawker-owned Gizmodo sensationally published a detailed analysis of what appears to be a prototype of the next iPhone 4G. The original article, available here, has pulled nearly 10 million page views.