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Submission + - Should Snatching an iPhone be a Felony?

theodp writes: If Russell Brand does jail time for anything, it should arguably be for aiding-and-abetting the remake of Arthur. However, it's been reported that the English comedian could be facing a felony conviction for snatching an iPhone from a would-be paparazzi and tossing it through a window. Singer/parolee Chris Brown also found himself in iPhone hot water after being charged with 'robbery by snatching' in a similar DIY-paparazzi-thwarting incident, which could be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value placed on an iPhone. But in the world-of-crazy-pricing created by phone makers and wireless providers — $899 Nokia Windows Phone, anyone? — where the quoted price of an iPhone varies by a factor of 376 from the same company, should one really be charged with a felony for snatching an iPhone, especially when an iPad 2 can be had for $399 retail?
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Should Snatching an iPhone be a Felony?

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