August 17, 2012
Apple Vs Samsung: Koh Accuses Apple Attorney Of Smoking Crack
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
We noted early on Thursday that Judge Koh was beginning to get frustrated with both Apple and Samsung in their debates with one another. In fact, she had even asked the two to try and settle their beefs outside of court, warning that any decision by the jury could potentially be unfavorable for either party.
The fact that Koh´s patience was wearing thin on Wednesday was perhaps most apparent when she informed the jury that she had every intention to have the hearings completed by this week, saying, “The evidence is concluding this week. I´m not waiting until Monday.”
Later that day, when Samsung reminded Koh of some extra arguments they´d be making before giving the jury their final instructions, Koh even cried for mercy, saying, “Please don´t do this to me. I´ve cried Uncle.”
Yesterday, the legal teams of Apple and Samsung have obviously pushed Koh past her point of breaking and her professional demeanor. Judge Koh has now been pushed to the point of asking Apple if they´ve been smoking drugs. Crack, to be exact.
Time has been wearing thin for both parties as they make last minute attempts to squeeze in whatever arguments they can. As such, the legal teams of Apple and Samsung have had to pick and choose which witnesses and depositions they´ll be bringing into the court.
So, when Apple presented Judge Koh with a 75-page long document listing 22 witnesses they´d like to call in for rebuttal testimonies, Judge Koh couldn´t help but let off some steam.
“Unless you´re smoking crack you know these witnesses aren´t going to be called!” said Koh in a quick huff.
Apple´s lawyer William Lee responded with, “First, your honor, I´m not smoking crack. I can promise you that.”
This comment aside, it´s been clear to those in the court room that neither side would be able to call in many additional witnesses, much less 22, especially considering Judge Koh wants to have things wrapped up nice and tidy by Friday before she and the rest of her team head off for a long, three-day weekend.
“We´re wasting the jury´s time,” said Koh. “You are being unreasonable.”
Koh had even said on Wednesday that it´s hard for her team to compete against Apple and Samsung´s “legions of Lawyers.”
“There is just a human limit to what a rag tag (group) can do,” said Koh, referring to her small team.
“I´m trying to do this as expeditiously as humanly possible.”
Koh´s little outburst on Thursday seems to have caught Apple by surprise, however, as their legal team said they´d waive some of their objections if they could.
“We didn´t mean to burden the court,” said one of Apple´s legal team.
Still upset, Koh retorted, “What are you talking about you don´t want to burden the court,” as she pointed to the lengthy, 75-page list of witnesses.
So far, this case has been an interesting one to watch, for one reason or another. If one of the legal teams isn´t engaging in some court room theatrics – such as submitting rejected evidence to the press against Koh´s will – there´s always some interesting numbers and stories being told about the creation of the phones, which technology came first, and who´s willing to play fair with one another.
In the end, there should be a ruling on who copied from whom, and who needs to write a rather large check to their fiercest competitor.