Following a hearing at San Francisco Superior Court today, however, two
more aggrieved party-goers had their purloined computers handed back to
-- both of whom were featured in Maerz' original story -- received what
their lawyer referred to as "their illegally seized laptops."
is great news, and a real relief to the pair who have been without
their machines for a month," continued attorney Jennifer Grannick of
the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Both DJs had been at an underground
Halloween party; Credible told SF Weekly she hadn't even been
using her laptop to play music when the party was raided but was
instructed to remove it from her bag and hand it over nevertheless.
Check out Joe's full piece on today's hearing over at our sister blog, The Snitch.
Granick noted that, at today's hearing, the police department's
attorney admitted that no charges were ever going to be filed against
either DJ -- yet the laptops were still seized. "San Francisco law
currently requires after-hours parties with live DJs to get a permit,
and failure to do so can be punished as a misdemeanor," continued
Granick. "But DJing an unpermitted party is not a crime, and certainly
not one for which one's laptop could be forfeited."