Can Intent to Commit Journalism Turn a Good Samaritan Into a Felon?

I’m having trouble getting my mind around the legal case against Gizmodo editor Jason Chen, who purchased an iPhone prototype that was apparently mislaid in a bar, published photographs of it on the Gawker-affiliated blog, and then returned it to Apple when the company asked for its property back. Here’s a thought experiment: Suppose you’re out walking and a neighbor says to you: “Look at this cool dog I found. I think I’m going to keep him.” You think you know who actually owns the dog–let’s call him Steve–and so you offer the neighbor some money to give it to […]