Emotions ran high in court on Thursday as the judge handling the Apple and Samsung case in California became irritated with Apple trying fit what she says is an excessive number of witnesses into its remaining allotted time.
U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh even went as far as saying a lawyer representing Apple can only think that they could enter that number of witnesses in the last few hours of their time in court if he was “smoking crack”.
The exchange was between Koh and Bill Lee, a lawyer representing Apple. The Cupertino, California-based consumer electronics giant has indicated that it wants to call on over 20 more witnesses to the stand.
“I am not going to be running around trying to get 75 pages of briefings for people who are not going to be testifying,” the judge told the lawyer.
“I mean come on. 75 pages! 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 when you have less than four hours,” she continued. [Emphasis added.]
To which Lee responded flatly: “Your honor, I can assure you, I’m not smoking crack.”
Koh also mentioned that Apple may get punished for the excessive number of witnesses it wants to call to the stand during the last few hours of their fixed time.
The judge warned Apple that: “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.”
For the Apple and Samsung trial, each company has been allotted a maximum of 25 hours to present and make their arguments.
Two hours will then be allotted for each company to make their closing arguments before the court.
Koh has indicated that she may even shorten this two hours given to each side if both camps continue to flood the court with filings.
As of last count, Apple now only has six and a half hours of allotted time in the courtroom. Apple has indicated that it will use this remaining time to cross-examine Samsung witnesses.
Apple is also expected to call on other experts who will aim to refute arguments put forth by Samsung.
The iPhone and iPad maker has rested its case and Samsung has been presenting its own case to the court over the last few days.