Judge Lucy Koh, Part-Time Comedian

August 17, 2012 -

Our chuckle of the day is sponsored by the BBC, who reports the surprising and mildly amusing response of Judge Lucy Koh after reading Apple's Witness list. The judge in the high-stakes, high profile US patent trial between Apple and Samsung made her comments after Apple attorney William Lee named 22 people in a 73-page witness list he wanted to call to rebut the testimony of Samsung's witnesses.

After looking at the list, Judge Koh offered the following response:

"Unless you're smoking crack you know these witnesses aren't going to be called," she said.

To which Mr. Lee replied, "Your honor, I'm not smoking crack. I can promise you that."

Judge Koh's response was not unexpected given that she had already warned attorneys for both sides that she wanted closing arguments to be presented next week. She had given each side a maximum of 25 hours to make their case. Apple has about four hours left to use for witness testimony. Lee told the Judge that he could cover all the people he had named within that time period.

This is the second notable outburst for Judge Koh since the case started. Earlier in the week she conveyed her trust levels with the lawyers in the case over a witness that Intel did not want to testify because he was under several non-disclosure agreements.

"I don't trust what any lawyer tells me in this courtroom," she said earlier in the week. "I want to see actual papers."

Source: BBC


 
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