The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has opened a criminal investigation against Simon Lancaste, earlier Apple material leader. The company accuses him of stealing trade secrets about the secret projects and leaking them to the media.
In May of this year, Apple filed a lawsuit against Lancaster and now the court has opened an investigation to investigate the company’s allegations against the former employee. A new phase in the process is planned for November 18, 2021.
The investigation included search and seizure warrants for two Lancaster computers, as well as analytics from their cloud-based online accounts. Lancaster asked the court to stop the proceedings.
The lawyers of the former employee argue that the continuation of the civil proceedings Apple brought against him during the criminal investigation could undermine his rights to the Fifth Amendment, which provides safeguards against abuse of power.
In view of this, the defense insists that: Apple’s lawsuit be stopped and that the criminal investigation of the Santa Clara County Prosecutor be closed first. The US court has yet to rule on the lawyers’ request.
Lancaster has previously stated that he is not guilty of apples However, the main allegations confirm that the former employee has had talks with the press and that he has used certain information to invest in a startup.
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