Apple’s lawyer accuses the media of asking to see ‘a dead man’ in Steve Jobs video testimony

“A California judge is still mulling a decision to make public a video deposition of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, recorded just months before his death in 2011,” Josh Lowensohn reports for The Verge.

“A motion filed by the Associated Press, Bloomberg, and CNN yesterday asked for the tape, a section of which was played during trial last week, to be released. Some 27 minutes of that footage were shown in court last week,” Lowensohn reports. “Despite the potentially beneficial statements made by Jobs in Apple’s defense, the company’s lawyers fought the effort to make it public, saying it was not admitted into evidence as an exhibit, and thus does not fall under a court order that requires each exhibit to be shared with the press.”

“Apple’s lawyer Jonathan Sherman, a partner at law firm Boies, Schiller, and Flexner accused Burke and the media companies of being opportunistic during a hearing in Oakland’s federal court building this evening,” Lowensohn reports. “‘The marginal value of seeing him again, in his black turtleneck — this time very sick — is small,’ Sherman said, contrasting that with high-profile appearances like Apple product releases, and when Jobs stumped for a new campus at a city council meeting in Cupertino. ‘What they they want is a dead man, and they want to show him to the rest of the world, because it’s a judicial record.'”

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  1. ‘The last few years have reminded me that life is fragile. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept, no one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it.’

    ‘Steve Jobs Bio: The Unauthorized Autobiography.’

        1. Why do you loathe that term? African are beautiful people, and if they have American citizenship, then it’s logical. Why not highlight the uniqueness of certain groups of people? I love the dark African skin and deep wisdom that they hold within.

        2. I can’t speak for anyone but myself but I hate the term for several reasons.

          First it was either invented or popularized by Jesse Jackson, who I consider a race baiting huckster who is a shake down artist. He goes to companies and says, it’s a shame that you dont have X% blacks working here, pay me money to go away. Hate him.

          Next, it’s not even accurate. Africa belongs to a whole lot of different ethnicities, the blacks in the sub Saharan part don’t look like Egyptians or Libyans in the north. But only blacks or people with some portion of black in their bloodline get the term applied to them.

          Third, all of humanity came from Africa, it’s our common ancestral homeland. We were all there together around 70,000 years ago or so. Africa belongs to us all.

          Fourth, it’s divisive. It promotes division among the races, and more importantly emphasises the ancestry over our common thread, that we are Americans.

          Those are my top 4 reasons.

  2. Judges “mull” over things all to often. I don’t care what the media wants. It would take me a fraction of a second to say that no, there is no public need served by playing to their ghoulish sensationalism. They can go pound sand. Next big issue?

  3. As an admirer of Steve Jobs, I admit I can’t get enough video of him. It is always a lesson in measured reason to listen to his perspective and style of communication. That is where the curiosity lies with me to see it . . . In other words, if it was released I would most certainly watch it.

    But also as an admirer of Jobs, I hope that the judge denies the request if it has no real value in the context of the case to the general public. If it is not released, I won’t watch it — and not only would I be satisfied with that result, I would be pleased by it.

    1. The only problem I see with the theory of secret witnesses is that this is a public trial. . . and the appearance and mien of the witness is part of evaluating the truthfulness of the witness’s testimony. One cannot offend a dead man. . . especially a public one.

      Much as I have compassion for Steve Jobs’ family, I don’t see how it can be completely suppressed. I know the transcript has been released. Perhaps that will be enough.

  4. So what’s the scoop on this Yvonne Gonzalez. I mean is she going to join KohCotex gals?

    I mean statements like this: US district court judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers voiced strong concerns about somehow making the video public, saying it would break the court’s basic rule that keeps any of the proceedings from being recorded on video.” are kind of optimistic to see, especially after the recent skid marks up and down that constitution, you know the one written by slave owners.

    So anyone have a background on her?

      1. Yup, at least I can draw a poorly drawn cartoon and answer a question directly. Speaking of which are you able to answer that question I asked you earlier, you know about identifying those who wrote the constitution that were also slave owners. The one I just looked up wasn’t a slave owner so that should give you a head start.

        If you need more time just let me know.

        1. look out, Pixie!…Mr Jinks is about to get ya!

          Look, idiot…the 76 years between 1789 and 1865, while not perfect, it ain’t bad in outlawing the scourge of humanity since the beginning of time. Those same “slave owners” (and those founding fathers that fought to include abolition that you’ve conveniently excluded) created a constitution than can be legally amended by the people. The American people’s devotion to freedom can be attested to by the 618,000 casualties of the Civil War. You remain a poorly-drawn cartoon.

        2. Oh come on, the US is making great strides in becoming the scourge of humanity. You for example, for whatever reason you are unable to list even a couple of slave owners from the list of those who wrote the constitution. I can understand that it would show some humanity on your part, and that’s probably not very patriotic of you.

          You are too modest about the US constitution. Not only can it be legally amended by the people, it can totally be ignored by the government. That’s a really important step on becoming the scourge of humanity. Oh a little tip about freedom, you can’t attain it by removing it from someone else.

          America’s devotion to freedom is well illustrated by the treatment of those at Guatanamo Bay. Mission accomplished

          I may remain a poorly-drawn cartoon but it’s light years ahead of the scourge of humanity that has become the United States. And I’m being kind considering you are still part of humanity. Can’t give up hope for you…..


          Look, idiot…the 76 years between 1789 and 1865, while not perfect, it ain’t bad in outlawing the scourge of humanity since the beginning of time. Those same “slave owners” (and those founding fathers that fought to include abolition that you’ve conveniently excluded) created a constitution than can be legally amended by the people. The American people’s devotion to freedom can be attested to by the 618,000 casualties of the Civil War. You remain a poorly-drawn cartoon.

        3. For those readers from the civilized free world please note the increased hostility in the name calling from botvinnik. This of course follows the previously mentioned rules of thumb of debating with Americans (rule 1: The American will insult you).

          Also note that rule #2 also applies, (smoke and mirrors). botvinnik is suggesting hiding behind a potted plant suggesting that I’ve jumped from abolition to the Geneva convention which amusingly enough wasn’t even around at the time of the creation of the U.S. Constitution. He’s even suggested that I communicate to my president when in fact I am blessed by not having one. That last one is not really smoke and mirrors, nor is it an artifact the “aim for Bin Laden hit Saddam Hussein” guidance system, more their general ignorance of the world at large, unless of course they are invading somewhere.

          However, now rule 3 applies and it’s time to address botvinnik cause he got really close, and that’s astonishing.

          Hey botvinnik, thanks for yours posts. I appreciate what you’ve said, though like Bush I’ve bypassed the Geneva convention.

          Now according to my records no one that you mentioned was a signatory on the U.S. Constitution (as pointed out by another member of the MDN community). Not a potted plant, not Eisenhower, not the hallucination you call Pixie, not even your president Obama none of them. Now Jefferson was not a signatory of the U.S. Constitution but he did live in the day and he did own some slaves, well over 50 of them.

          So thank you for that, considering what you have to work with and the time and effort you’ve put into coming up with some sort of answer I greatly appreciate the effort. Admitting that some of the men behind the U.S. Constitution were slave owners is the first step to improving it.

          Of course there is a long way to go, Newton’s Law and the I Ching still leave that document in the dust..or on the toilet paper dispenser, where ever you keep your copy these day.

          Have a great day.

        4. Listen botvinnik I don’t mind being called an idiot, a pixie and full of drivel, but seriously, don’t call me your lord please. You already called me your god once and I let it slide cause I know how desperately you and all Americans are in need of salvation, but you are going to have to save yourselves.

        5. Pixie, you’ve made the jump from Abolition to the Geneva Accords. As signed by Dwight D Eisenhower, US Military Code of Conduct, Article V, Section C:

          “c. It is a violation of the Geneva Convention to place a prisoner under physical or mental duress, torture or any other form of coercion in an effort to secure information.”

          You need to take-up that particular egregious practice with your President and the CIA, not Thomas Jefferson.

        6. here’s ya go, Pixie:

          Aug. 2, 2007: Sen. Barack Obama makes a simple promise he will often repeat to loud domestic — and foreign — applause during his $750 million presidential campaign:
          “As President, I will close Guantanamo, reject the Military Commissions Act and adhere to the Geneva Conventions. Our Constitution and our Uniform Code of Military Justice provide a framework for dealing with the terrorists.”

  5. Imo the lawyers are going a little too far..

    Robin Williams, Paul walker both gone… Both have made movies they had done that were released after death…

    Personally, if it’s released I’ll probably watch it, if it isn’t.. I’m fine with it.

  6. There is no good purpose served by releasing this video of the late Mr Jobs and dishonors his known preference for personal privacy. Showing it will not make the clouds part, reduce the deficit, bring world peace or slow the rate of climate change.

    Sadly, Pancreatic Cancer killed Steve Jobs and he is now a figure of history. These interests asking to get the video want it to sell advertising.

    My vote is no. Let the man and his family alone.

  7. The words are part of the public record already.

    Not every piece of testimony is video recorded… –> because there’s insufficient public support and no legal requirement for constant video recording.

    Until there’s a mandate, let the “news” companies get back to real work.

    I believe the judge has sufficient standing to deny the media request.

  8. God, why does the judge have to mull this over. Have some respect and thought for Steve’s wife. She should not be put through the pain of seeing footage of when Steve was very sick dragged through the press. It’s tasteless and harmful to the family.

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