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Search warrant shows Apple pressured cops

The affidavit a special law enforcement task force used to search the home of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen was released this afternoon by San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Clifford Cretan.

The affidavit is 10 pages, and probably the lede of the story is that Apple pressured cops into finding the missing next-generation iPhone that wound up in Chen’s possession.

There’s even some conversation between Steve Jobs and a Gizmodo employee in the affidavit.

Interestingly, there’s no mention in the affidavit of Chen’s status as a journalist, which raises the question of whether the judge would have authorized a search if he had known police would be searching the computers and cameras of a newsman. Federal and state laws prohibit such searches under most circumstances.

Here’s AP’s story on the affidavit:

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