Demaestro - 11:58 pm on Apr 29, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: Demaestro at 12:15 am (utc) on Apr 30, 2010]
The recourse here if Chen is innocent is for him to sue the government for damages.
So it is ok for companies and government to abuse power because the person that bears the brunt of the abuse can sue them?
I guess I am just amazed that anyone looks at the details of this and thinks that what happened to Chen is an ok thing and was deserved and that he had it coming and should have known better.
How many 1 time, 1 phone thieves do you think have had their front doors kicked in by a taskforce and had their home computer seized and their homes trashed?
I don't really see how it being a first time offense would affect how law enforcement collects evidence. I also don't think that asking for evidence politely is an effective approach.
That isn't what I was driving at.
Let's say 1000 people get caught jaywalking and they all get a $50 fine... then someone jaywalks in front of Apple and Apple calls their friends in a law enforcement task force, and you are charged with jaywalking, and your fine is $1000 and your shoes are collected as evidence.
My point was that no one charged with 1 count of theft of 1 phone has bore this level of punishment. That all people should be treated equally under the law.
Imagine what the police dept. would say if you, an individual called them and had this conversation with them:
You: Hi I left my phone at a bar
You: It is a special phone that I modded and it is kind of a big deal to me
You: The guy who found it gave it to someone who likes modded phones, I want to charge him with theft.
You: I have the phone back already.
If you think they would kick in the guys door, take his computer and charge him with theft you are living in a dream world... and if they won't do it for you or me, they shouldn't do it for Apple.
[edited by: Demaestro at 12:15 am (utc) on Apr 30, 2010]