Whatever happened to that Apple case?

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

4 Comments

  1. Daniel Epstein said:
    Did the prosecutors have any corrupt intent? Need for publicity? Hmmm

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    June 2, 2021
  2. Gregg Thurman said:
    Very little in the media passes the smell test. This reporting by WS just smelled worse than the others.

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    June 2, 2021
  3. Jerry Doyle said:
    Prosecutor, heal thyself!

    You use staff resources & taxpayers’ funded budgets to go after the Chief of Security at the Apple Main Campus believing he had participated in a bribe to derived a pecuniary benefit in the form of getting concealed-weapons permits for the tech companies’ executive protection team. Why, Sir, don’t you instead spend time exploring ways to change the prosecutorial culture to ensure fairness & to increase public safety? Use this embarrassment now to step-up & be innovative, make a truly critical change by leading a charge to be really innovative in your office’s intentions to reduce mass incarceration, to address racial disparity in the judicial system and ferret alternatives to oppressive sanctions. Now is a propitious time for you to act instead of chasing security guards.

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    June 2, 2021

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