After winning the iPod and iTunes antitrust case, Apple recently won a separate fight to keep a videotaped deposition from Jobs sealed. District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers sided with both Apple and plaintiffs in her ruling stating that Jobs’ testimony in the antitrust case should not be handled as judicial record and therefore not be made public.

For those of you that didn’t already know, in the middle of trial proceedings last week, a number of large media outlets filed a joint motion to gain access to copies of Jobs’ deposition citing public interest in judicial procedure. The rare footage is thought to be one of Jobs’ last filmed appearances and of value to interest parties according to media interveners.

During the trial, the Jobs testimony was played multiple times allowing gathered journalists to report on the video firsthand. At the time, media interveners argued a videotaped testimony is “far more compelling” than written transcripts already available through the court’s electronic filing system.

Had the video been submitted as evidence or if parties in the case didn’t object to its dissemination, today’s ruling “might be different,” according to Judge Gonzales Rogers. She cited a prior case dealing with witness testimony:

Here, the Court agrees with the Eighth Circuit and concludes that the Jobs Deposition is not a judicial record. It was not admitted into evidence as an exhibit. Instead, the Jobs Deposition was merely presented in lieu of live testimony due to the witness's unavailability, and was and should be treated in the same manner as any other live testimony offered at trial.
Looks like another small victory for Apple in the court room this week.

Source: Scribd via AppleInsider