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  • Apple's Lawyers Push Back on Request to Release Steve Jobs' Deposition to the Public


    Apple’s attorneys in the company’s fight against an iPod/iTunes antitrust class-action lawsuit recently suggested that media requests to unseal Steve Jobs’ videotaped testimony are petty at best. According to in-court reports from The Verge coupled with opposition filings lodged with the US District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple lawyers are pushing back against a bid for public access to a videotaped deposition from Steve Jobs. The motion was brought to court by large media outlets: The Associated Press, Bloomberg and CNN.

    The Cupertino California company is arguing that the media has no right to the taped deposition since the video was entered as a witness testimony, not evidence. This means that the court doesn’t have to provide copies for public viewing. The company continued by arguing that the testimony doesn’t contain information valuable in instructing the public on the judicial process. Jonathan Sherman, one of the lawyers representing Apple, had the following to say regarding the matter:

    The marginal value of seeing him again, in his black turtleneck — this time very sick — is small. What they want is a dead man, and they want to show him to the rest of the world, because it's a judicial record.
    On the other hand, media outlets ended up characterizing Jobs’ deposition as “invaluable” to public interest, arguing that because a 27-minute section of the video was presented by plaintiffs in front of the court, it “is presumptively open to the press and public.” Tom Burke, an attorney representing the media companies, had the following to say regarding the matter:

    We're not asking for anything other than what the jury heard. Steve Jobs is not your typical trial witness, and that's what makes this a unique circumstance.
    As of right now, presiding Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers seemed to agree with Apple’s argument against releasing court testimony to the general public. She voiced hesitation when it came to granting access as it goes against common-law practices. We’ll have to wait and see what ends up happening as the motion proceeds.

    Source: The Verge
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple's Lawyers Push Back on Request to Release Steve Jobs' Deposition to the Public started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. The Highlander's Avatar
      The Highlander -
      Ebola fighters deserve it a billion times more.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Highlander View Post
      Ebola fighters deserve it a billion times more.
      What's with all these incorrect thread posts lately?
    1. holyshnikes's Avatar
      holyshnikes -
      They should keep it sealed up. The newspapers just want to milk ratings off of this.
    1. Truffol's Avatar
      Truffol -
      Unless there is a lot of value in doing so, maybe we should give the deceased some respect...