In what lawyers for plaintiffs are saying was a blatant act of intimidation, Judge Edward Mann – the adjudicator of the Apple Corps vs. Apple Computer case – found the cap of his prized iPod shuffle in his bed.
Mann, who had already admitted to being an iPod user, was quite shaken by the incident.
“It was terrifying,” Mann said hugging his torso, still wrapped in a terrycloth bathrobe.
“In all my years on the bench, I’ve never felt so violated. So vulnerable. It’s a 1 GB model and I really love it. It’s quite precious to me, so this is particularly painful.
“Of course, it just snaps right back on…” Mann admitted, pantomiming the motion of snapping a shuffle cap on. “Just… click… and it’s back on. And I suppose it’s possible it just popped off as I was listening to it in bed…
Lawyers for plaintiff Apple Corps quickly filed a motion against Apple asking that the company be held in contempt of court.
“This blatant act of intimidation won’t stand,” said Geoffrey Vos, counsel for Apple Corps. “Apple Computer’s threats of violence against Judge Mann must be dealt with in the strictest manner possible.”
Reached for comment at his dentist’s office, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, his cheeks stuffed with cotton balls, said “Judge Mann has a nice house. Nice family. It would be a shame if something were to happen to them.
“I’ve spent my whole life trying not to be careless… with the exception of the first 25 years. I would suggest that Judge Mann do the same.”
Other than CEO Steve Jobs, Apple declined to comment for this story.