From Reuters’ “Judge dismisses charges against Apple security chief in gun-permit probe” posted Wednesday:
Judge Eric S. Geffon of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County found on Tuesday that [Apple Chief Security Officer Thomas] Moyer had been in talks with the Sheriff’s Office about permits for more than a year by the time of the 2019 meeting. By then, Geffon wrote, the evidence suggests Moyer believed the permits were already approved and would be issued soon.
Geffon said prosecutors erred in alleging that Moyer had any corrupt intent in offering to donate the iPads.
“This argument is pure speculation, and is not supported by the evidence presented to the grand jury,” Geffon wrote.
Moreover, Geffon wrote that Moyer’s offer to donate the iPads to the Sheriff’s Office, rather than any specific officer, and the fact that Moyer followed all of Apple’s internal rules for requesting a donation, showed a lack of corrupt intent.
My take: I remember this case — or at least the Wall Street Journal’s account of it — as not passing my smell test.
See also: WSJ: Apple top cop indicted