Originally posted on Gigaom:
Steve Jobs’ incendiary comments about Android (s GOOG) in his biography have been ruled fair game for Motorola’s lawyers in its upcoming trial versus Apple(s AAPL). The presiding judge laid out some of the ground rules for the case this week, many of which were not in Apple’s favor.
On Thursday, federal Judge Richard Posner, who’s assigned to the trial set to begin later this month over a series of alleged smartphone patent violations, refused a request by Apple’s legal team to exclude quotes from Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography accusing Google of stealing from Apple. Some examples:
- “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.”
- “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Reuters reports that on Thursday Posner “rejected Apple’s request without explanation.”