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IPhone Finder's Attorney Speaks

Published on April 30, 2010
by Yukari Iwatani Kane

The attorney representing the man who found the iPhone prototype that tech blog Gizmodo posted stories and photos about disclosed his identity as Brian Hogan, a 21-year-old Redwood City, Calif., college student.

The following is the statement in full by Mr. Hogan’s attorney, Jeffrey Bornstein of K&L Gates LLP in San Francisco. Mr. Hogan’s identity was earlier reported by Wired.com.

We represent a 21 year-old young man, Brian Hogan, who has never been in trouble with the law. Brian was in a bar with friends when another bar patron handed him the phone after finding it on a bar stool near the area where Brian was sitting. Brian said the phone was not his but the bar patron walked away from the conversation and left the bar. Brian asked others near him if the phone belonged to them. When
they disclaimed ownership, Brian and his friends left the bar with the phone.

Brian opened the phone onto a Facebook page but then the phone shut down. From that time on, the phone was inoperable the entire time Brian had it. He regrets his mistake in not doing more to return the phone.

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