Wall Street Journal calls Apple’s e-book judge ‘a disgrace to the judiciary’

“A new opinion piece lambasts Judge Denise Cote, the federal judge in charge of the Justice Department’s antitrust suit against Apple, for being ‘abusive’ and ‘shredding the separation of constitutional powers’ by appointing and granting broad authority to antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich,” Shane Cole reports for AppleInsider.

The Wall Street Journal‘s harsh critique mirrors many of the grievances outlined by Apple in the iPhone maker’s complaint to the court last week, taking issue with Bromwich’s fees — which exceeded $100,000 in just his first two weeks — and accusing Cote of granting Bromwich ‘carte blanche to act as the inquisitor of all things Cupertino,’ Cole reports. “Judge Cote ‘essentially ruled before hearing the evidence’ against Apple and her appointment of an external monitor at all, let alone Bromwich, whom the Journal calls ‘her friend,’ is viewed by the paper as a ‘flatly unconstitutional’ violation of her mandate in the case. ”

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  1. The arrogance exhibited by Judge Cote is simply stunning. I’ve often been told that there is no guarantee that the justice system will dispense justice, but over the last several years, in many more cases than the Apple ones, it seems that it is the very rare case in trial that results in justice.

  2. WSJ makes it sound like they have a condo together (strange use of the word).

    They both sound like shills working for the powers that be.

    Maybe they really are boffing each other too.

  3. I have said here many times before that fairness and justice in the United States is an illusion and myth. This whole antitrust case is a perfect example. While I will never vote for a Fascist Republican, I will be glad when Obama and his sorry excuse for an Attorney General, Holder, are gone.

      1. Please get it right. “Fascism is usually placed on the far right on the traditional left–right spectrum” (from Wikipedia). It also involves corporate control of the government. Fascist Republicans are a fact of life.

        1. Please have at least some loose grasp of actual facts before spotting off nonsense.

          Fascism /ˈfæʃɪzəm/ is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism[1][2] that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. Influenced by national syndicalism, the first fascist movements emerged in Italy around World War I, combining more typically right-wing positions with elements of left-wing politics, in opposition to communism, socialism, liberal democracy and, in some cases, traditional right-wing conservatism. Although fascism is usually placed on the far right on the traditional left–right spectrum, fascists themselves and some commentators have argued that the description is inadequate.

          1. I didn’t use the full Wikipedia quote because of the risk of confusion and the never-ending need to go back to basic definitions. Guess that was a fail on my part. Believe what you will. We Democrats are lefties, no matter who is ranting.

            1. Quiviran, I’ve been to Auschwitz/Berkenau, Triblinka, Chelmo, and Daccau death camps, camps run by the National Socialist Workers Party of Germany. I’ve been behind the Iron Curtain for an extended time and personally know many families who had members disappear inside the USSR’s gulags. I could give a damn what Wikipedia states – I know from first hand experience, that the whole left-right spectrum is a crock. Far right is National Socialist and far left is the socialist utopia called communism. Answer a simple question, as a constitutional libertarian, where do I fit on this spectrum? Where does respecting free enterprise (vice corporatism – by the way look that on up on Wiki and see who are the big supporters here in the US). You are either naive, ignorant or have bought into socialist propaganda hook line and sinker.

            2. If you figure that one out, go stand there. You will not be alone. You seem to think being a Democrat is against free enterprise, somehow, yet one of the greatest examples of free enterprise at work is Apple, generally thought to be leftish. One of the worst examples of free enterprise is Koch Industries, which has been repeatedly convicted of theft of oil from Indian lands, to quote testimony from one of their trials “We only want what’s ours, and it’s all ours.” Or the ethanol lobby, corn farmers who have managed to force the taxpayers to subsidize a product then force them to buy it, which reduces the fuel mileage in their cars (triple whammy). So much of what gets wrapped in the free enterprise flag is not that at all.

              Good luck finding your political comrades. Don’t be surprised if we phrase things a little differently. Common ground is there, if you just listen. Remember that actions are always more important than labels. The National Socialist Labor Party wasn’t any of those things. Not actually national, after the people caught on what was happening in their name, not Socialist (wherein the government owns the means of production), not Labor, because labor is just us 99%ers, and definitely not a Party in any good way.

            3. These political debates on MDN get tedious. I simply want to put in my 2¢ to state that using Koch Industries (or any specific company) to conflate illegal activities with the tenants of Free Enterprise is really weak cheese. Nothing about Free Enterprise promotes greed, anti-social behavior or criminal activity. Those are actions taken by corrupt people. And your example of ethanol is exactly why many of want to see a shrinking of Federal Government influence by reducing the monies they have to spend (which *is* a corrupting influence), and programs they wield to pile more and more control over our everyday actions. Neither major party has vested interest in shrinking their domain, but the Dems aggressively want to enlarge it. As Darrel Hall sings, “I can’t go with that!”

            4. I happen to agree with most of what you say, but we seem to be powerless to stop wrong done with the flag of free enterprise wrapped around it. The late 1990s saw removal of the oppressive hand of government in the form of the repeal go Glass-Stegall, after 60 years of financial stability under the regulation. Then what, free enterprise efficiently allocated capital to the pockets of Wall Street and out of the pockets of US taxpayers, in less than ten years. So we can debate philosophy and become the greatest of chums, but reality is that free enterprise must happen in an environment that can’t let the few take advantage of the many. That’s called Government. It’s what the many do to level the field of enterprise. To lay its corruption at the feet of Democrats is to ignore the behavior of Republicans. Making government weaker is not the same as making it better.

    1. Democrats are far more facist than any Republican could hope to be in their wild dreams. The term facist came from the idea that a bundle of sticks is stronger than one, and thus everyone should be united whether they liked it or didn’t. The idea of compulsory compliance is exactly why I hate liberalism even if I hold some view that could be considered liberal, and why I detest the Democratic Party.

      1. Denise Cote was nominated by President Bill Clinton on April 26, 1994, to a seat vacated by Mary Johnson Lowe. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 9, 1994, received her commission on August 10, 1994, and took office on August 11, 1994.

    2. I’ll also be glad when Obama’s gone. Not because I dislike him as President, but because he will be getting a well deserved break from dealing with the troglodyte Republican party who have opposed him more fiercely than any foreign enemy since the day he took office. He will leave as another Democrat is sworn in, chin high, knowing his legacy is strong as the man who rescued us from another depression and finally delivered some semblance of universal health care.

      1. You mean the depression caused by Clinton? You dumb ass

        At President Clinton’s direction, no fewer than 10 federal agencies issued a chilling ultimatum to banks and mortgage lenders to ease credit for lower-income minorities or face investigations for lending discrimination and suffer the related adverse publicity. They also were threatened with denial of access to the all-important secondary mortgage market and stiff fines, along with other penalties.

        The threat was codified in a 20-page “Policy Statement on Discrimination in Lending” and entered into the Federal Register on April 15, 1994, by the Interagency Task Force on Fair Lending. Clinton set up the little-known body to coordinate an unprecedented crackdown on alleged bank redlining.
        The edict — completely overlooked by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and the mainstream media — was signed by then-HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, Attorney General Janet Reno, Comptroller of the Currency Eugene Ludwig and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, along with the heads of six other financial regulatory agencies.

        “The agencies will not tolerate lending discrimination in any form,” the document warned financial institutions.
        So this is where it all started. In 1994. When the government pressured lenders to qualify the unqualified. To put people into houses they couldn’t afford. Or else.

  4. WSJ? Another paid piece by Apple. There is nothing wrong with this person overseeing Apple’s anti-trust stuff. It’s legal because Apple is a convicted colluder.

    Suck it up Apple and get back to business.

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