U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh: Apple’s Lawyers Are “Smoking Crack” In Samsung Case

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh: Apple’s Lawyers Are “Smoking Crack” In Samsung Case

Once again, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has lost her patience with the lawyers at the Apple vs. Samsung trial. As noted in our ongoing Apple vs. Samsung liveblog, a frustrated Judge Koh asked Apple’s attorneys if they were “smoking crack” after trying to book too many few witnesses for their last few hours of making their case.

At issue appeared to be the amount of paperwork Apple and Samsung have been filing with Koh’s office, which has apparently completely overwhelmed her staff.

In the latest altercation, Apple has tried to bring in over twenty new witnesses to testify against Samsung in their last four hours to make their case.

“I am not going to be running around trying to get 75 pages of briefings for people who are not going to be testifying,” U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said to Apple’s lawyer Bill Lee. “Come on. 75 Pages! You want me to do an order on 75 pages! Unless you’re smoking crack, you know these witnesses aren’t going to be called.”

Apple’s lawyers dryly denied smoking crack, and insisted that they were serious about the additional witnesses, but Koh still was not amused.

“If it turns out I went through 75 pages for people who are not going to be called, I am going to think of a proper tax for that,” Koh warned.

  • Jack Gnasty

    “..too many few witnesses…” Do any of you proof read anymore?

  • Samuraiartguy

    “Judge Koh asked Apple’s attorneys if they were “smoking crack” after trying to book too many few witnesses..”

    Looks like I wasn’t the only one to have a “WTF” moment with this… And the judge is right. This is becoming a frakkin’ legal circus.

  • mr_bee

    Man, the legal system is so f*cked up. These are totally inappropriate comments for a sitting judge to make. They show extreme bias for starters. Her whole thing of making them do the case in only so many hours and the way she keeps metaphorically whacking them in the bum with a stick when they slow down for an instant is just beyond the pale IMO.

    A court case is supposed to be about justice, not the whims of a tired frustrated judge. If it takes them a full year to argue the relevant points for the case, then it takes them a full year. It’s patently un-just to put a time limit on everything the way she does. Witnesses should be admitted or called based on objective criteria like whether they have something relevant to the case, not on how late she is for lunch or whether her secretaries are complaining about the work load.

  • Tallest_Skil

    “..too many few witnesses…” Do any of you proof read anymore?

    Yep.

    EDIT: Nope.

  • Alfred2612

    She sounds like a real no-nonsense judge who won’t take crap from either side. Good for her!

  • Robert Mcdonald

    This judge needs to be FIRED for even talking like that during a trial if apple doesn’t win this case I say we go and protest were the judge is and demand tat she step down from her position I think she is an apple hater:-(

  • Bob Smogango

    Well, what do you expect them to do? Only book one person on the last day? They have a right to bring as many as they need, if they are all deemed worthwhile people. Right?

  • Bob Smogango

    I’m sure they would bring back Steve Jobs if they needed to…. I think it would hilarious if they got a really good impersonator. That would be funny.

  • Lane Jasper

    Kind of a poor wording issue..professionalism wouldn’t yield the “smoking crack” comment.

  • baby_Twitty

    I bet this lazy judge has done crack on too many few occasion.

  • Koban4max

    By having too many witnesses, will that help apple win big time?

  • bfizzzle

    What a joke, even If this entire case is a joke, you represent the entire law. She shouldn’t be making comments like that. Go be judge judy if you want to make comments like that

  • Trisjen Harris

    By the time this trial is over, Apple is going to wish it never happened!

  • Koban4max

    Judge Koh (from the picture) looks like she’s on crack.

  • nthnm

    “..too many few witnesses…” Do any of you proof read anymore?

    I tweeted CoM about their many errors, both spelling and grammatical, and they replied with the fact that they are not a professional blog or they try to push out of many articles as fast as possible or some crap. So there’s your answer: no they do not, lol.

  • nthnm

    “…Judge Koh asked Apple’s attorneys if they were “smoking crack” after trying to book too many few witnesses…”

    Apparently somebody else has been smoking crack.

  • handicapper

    Koh, you are a cunnt. You think your so high and mighty and your trying to make a statement and prove a point that you can do what you want. You’re smoking crack judge and you belong on the streets begging for food with your lunacy. Who changes the jury’s deliberated decision. Trying to prove your point and show “I mean business” will only prove that you are a true undeniably dumb cunnt! Your kids and friends will not respect you and probably don’t because you make bad decisions. Read the comments, people hate you! Learn how to be a janitor before trying to be a judge again. You should think about moving and living in a small village where your job would be to shut up, catch fish, clean them, then go hide in a hole away from the village. Do it!

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