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Giz Your Own Adventure: The End?

 Alas, there is no definite ending here (not yet, check back!). So choose one:

 Alas, there is no definite ending here (not yet, check back!). So choose one:

Gizmodo wins! After digesting the exceptions to exceptions, Gaby Darbyshire’s invoking the journalist protection laws actually do hold water. The search should not have been permitted if the DA was looking for information on Secret Source or other unpublished material to help them build a case. The paused investigation never resumes once they figure out the search was illegal. The DA blew the case! It’s dropped before ever seeing court. Denton rules! Lam prevails! Jesus saves!


Gizmodo loses! They bought stolen goods, bragged about it, profited from it, and now Nick Denton is going to do a little time in San Mateo County. Gizmodo.com becomes the property of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Gawker Media employees lose their jobs. At night in his cell, Nick Denton discovers an alternate definition of the term “unique visitors.”


Based on all the problems, from the possible bias of REACT to the sloppy search to the journalist protection laws to the public outcry that’s bound to ensue, the San Mateo County DA has a hell of a bumpy road in front of them, but if they decide to go down that road, the legal costs become too burdensome for independent Gawker Media–acquittal or not. Even fighting could mean a loss.

Besides, it’s just a phone, right?

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About the author

Dan Nosowitz is a freelance writer and editor who has written for Popular Science, The Awl, Gizmodo, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, and elsewhere. He holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and currently lives in Brooklyn, because he has a beard and glasses and that's the law.



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