Looks like the prosecutor of the iPhone 4 prototype leak is going to let the journalist whose house was raided off the hook. The excuse? He might be protected by shield law. That is exactly the excuse we had expected them to use. Of course, they say it in a way that save face for them, using terms like “… Mr. Chen and Gizmodo were primarily, in their view, engaged in a journalistic endeavor to conduct an investigation …”. Since when a suspect’s view influence a prosecutor’s decision on whether they are charged.
Having said that, Everyone, except perhaps the law, got what they wanted from the melodrama: Apple gets to send other journalists a message that it will pursue them if they publish leaked information. Gizmodo gets the publicity it wanted, and we all get a good melodrama. The loser is the law who have to investigate the complaint, then drop it, sending all the tax payers money down the drain. I am not saying the money should not be spent, but if Apple and Gizmodo both back down a bit, we the tax payer would be financially better off.