Court Papers Reveal Apple Used Corporate Muscle Over Gizmodo Raid

Court documents unsealed over the weekend suggest that Apple used its corporate influence to get Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's house raided.

According to the documents, Apple attorney George Riley told detectives that the publication of details about an up-and-coming iPhone release would be extremely damaging to Apple's sales.

Apple claimed that many customers would wait for the new iPhone 4G rather than buy the existing model, "thereby hurting overall sales and negatively effecting Apple's earnings."

When contacted by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Gizmodo's Brian Lam defended the blog's position, claiming that the site chose to react in this aggressive manner because Apple did not share information with them as it did with mainstream media such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

The documents state that Jason Chen is now suspected of both theft and vandalism, after complaints from Apple that the iPhone 4G prototype was returned broken.