Remember when Samsung leaked some evidence the judge banned from the trial? Well Apple thinks they should just win the trial immediately for it. They say it should be done to reprimand Samsung for “litigation misconduct.” Now, this is not the first time Samsung has mishandled evidence, according to Apple. They say that “Samsung already has been sanctioned four times in this case for discovery abuses. Most recently, Samsung was sanctioned for destroying evidence” and “misconduct is apparently a part of Samsung’s litigation strategy.”
Now, if Samsung had actually committed misconduct in the past, they should be punished. However, the punishment should be administered outside of the trial itself. The trial should not be affected, nor should Apple win on absolutely no legal ground. This isn’t kindergarten, Apple. You can’t scream “He hit me! Give me his piece of candy!” Sorry, Apple.
Now let’s quickly talk about Samsung’s most recent “misconduct.” They had evidence for the trial, their own documents. The documents did nothing to hurt Apple in any way. They were simply Samsung owned documents. The judge banned them from use in court. Since when does a judge have the right to ban the use of harmless, personal evidence? I applaud Samsung for releasing it publicly. People have the right to see all the evidence, so Samsung did the right thing in my opinion.
What do you guys think? Did the judge have any right to ban evidence? Was Samsung wrong? Tell us in the comments!