Two men, who were earlier charged with stealing a prototype of the iPhone 4 and then selling it to the gadget site Gizmodo, have pleaded not guilty, new reports confirmed.
During an arraignment in the morning, the lawyers for the accused, Brian Hogan and Robert Sage Wallower submitted their pleas before Jonathan Karesh the Superior Court Judge in charge of the case.
Apparently, Mr. Hogan found the prototype of the device in a bar after it was forgotten there by an Apple engineer. He was, however, charged with stealing the device. And the second accused in the case, Mr. Wallower was charged with being in possession of stolen iPhone 4 prototype.
According to Jeff Bornstein, a prominent criminal defence lawyer who was representing Hogan during the case, reportedly said to the tech site CNET that “he welcomed the district attorney's decision to file the charges as misdemeanors rather than felonies. That shows prosecutors are "sensitive to the facts and circumstances" of the case”.
It is important to note here that the prosecutors managed to get themselves a warrant to carry out a search at the home of Jason Chen, Gizmodo’s editor. They were also given the green flag to go ahead with their legal onslaught against the site. However, much to the relief of the site, no lawsuit was filed against it.
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