Simon Lancaster is now the subject of legal proceedings as part of a criminal investigation. This is according to public documents published recently, inviting the accused to appear in court on Thursday, November 18. The complainant, meanwhile, has not changed: it is still Apple, for which the engineer worked from July 2008 to the end of 2019.
His former employer has attacked him in the past. Not so long ago, we reported that the potential informant would have voluntarily transmitted confidential data from Apple’s offices to journalists. Since then, the case has stalled and no clear decision has finally been taken by the judge in charge of it. Which would not be getting any better …
No answer before next year?
Indeed, Lancaster’s lawyer has just filed an appeal to put the first case on hold. The reason given is of course the famous Fifth Amendment of the American constitution. This guarantees several fundamental rights to its citizens. One of them, which one could easily compare to the right to remain silent in our country, consists in preserving the possibility of not having to testify against oneself (principle of self-incrimination).
But where this text probably refers more to the news of the day, is that it also prevents a person from being tried twice for the same crime. The objective here is, in particular, to avoid multiple penalties. Therefore, the justice department seems compelled to accept the defense’s request. With a first hearing in the last quarter for the new conflict, it was difficult to imagine seeing the first resolved quickly.
The theft of industrial secrets still mentioned
While it is still unclear exactly which files Lancaster allegedly passed on to the press, the charges against him in the most recent litigation do not appear to have changed much. It is therefore very likely that these are also plans relating to Apple’s ambitions in mixed reality, as other indications have already assumed before. To get the hang of it, head to the Northern District Court of California within the next month.