By Stephen Schenck | August 16, 2012 7:00 PM
Those of you who have been following the unfolding legal drama between Apple and Samsung might be reacting to the trial in any number of ways. Maybe you’re really worried about what it might mean for the future of Android devices. Maybe you’re fascinated by all the prototype gear that’s being divulged as a result. Maybe you just like a good spectacle, and are entertained by the over-the-top lengths these legal teams are going to in order to make their cases. At least one person is soundly not in the last category, as U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh seems to be getting just a bit fed up with all the antics.
In the latest sign that she’s frustrated by the kind of stuff these lawyers are trying to get by her, Koh responded to Apple’s plan to file 75 pages of briefings in support of 20-some new rebuttal witnesses by wonder just what the heck Apple’s thinking. With time running down for which both sides can present their cases, Koh explained to Apple’s counsel, “unless you’re smoking crack, you know these witnesses aren’t going to be called when you have less than four hours”.
With no conceivable way for Apple to call so many witnesses in its remaining time, Koh seems to be getting a little angry with the excessive paperwork the companies are pushing for. Koh’s already made it clear that she won’t put up with that kind of nonsense, threatening to cut short time allocated for each side to make their closing statements if this kind of crap continues.