FORTUNE -- The benches were hard. The courtroom was over-cooled. The reporting challenges were daunting (no Wi-Fi, no cellphones, no laptops). But the drama that unfolded over three weeks of testimony was compelling, and I was happy to be one of a handful of reporters who sat through the whole thing.
I thought I had a good handle on U.S.A. v. Apple -- a.k.a. the e-book antitrust case. I knew U.S. District Judge Denise Cote -- a former prosecutor -- had gone into the trial predisposed against the defendant. She said as much in a pre-trial hearing.
But I thought Apple (AAPL) had put forward a strong defense. Like the Author's Guild and at least one U.S. Senator, I thought the government was prosecuting the wrong company. At several points during the trial I thought the judge was coming around to Apple's point of view.
Having read Judge Cote's 160-page opinion, in which she questioned the credibility of Apple's key witness, ridiculed its legal defense and ruled decisively against the company, I see that my view from the benches wasn't so good after all.
How could I have been so wrong? In my post-game analysis, I see several factors that led me astray.
The DOJ will rest its case. Apple will present its defense. Summations on Thursday.
FORTUNE -- Eddy Cue, the alleged "ringmaster" of a conspiracy to raise e-book prices in 2010, returns to a Manhattan federal court Monday in the final four days of the Department of Justice's antitrust case against Apple (AAPL).
Having sailed through a grilling Thursday by the government's lawyer, the star witness of U.S.A. v. Apple will complete the friendly MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 17, 2013 5:47 AM ET
Cue was at the center of what the DOJ calls an illegal scheme to fix the price of e-books.
FORTUNE -- Did Apple (AAPL) take advantage of the turmoil in the digital book market in late 2009 to negotiate favorable deals with five of the six biggest book publishers? Or was it, in fact, the "ringmaster" of an illegal conspiracy that reshaped the industry, forced Amazon (AMZN) and other retailers to MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 13, 2013 7:20 AM ET
The tenor of the Apple trial changed dramatically when Amazon took the stand.
FORTUNE -- The lawyers defending Apple (AAPL) in the e-book antitrust case would like nothing better than to make the trial be about Amazon (AMZN), not their client, and on Wednesday they got their chance when Russell Grandinetti took the stand.
In earlier testimony from two publishing executives -- Penguin's David Shanks and Simon & Schuster's Carolyn Reidy -- MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 6, 2013 7:46 AM ET
Day 2 of the Apple antitrust trial focused on Kevin Saul's price-matching provision.
FORTUNE -- Sometime between New Years Day and Jan. 4, 2010, Kevin Saul, one of Apple's (AAPL) in-house attorneys, sat at his office desk in Cupertino and hammered out a paragraph of legalese that the Department of Justice has characterized as the linchpin of Apple's illegal scheme to raise the price of e-books.
The 48-word paragraph ended up, more MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 5, 2013 7:42 AM ET
The outlines of each side's case were clearly laid in Monday's opening arguments.
FORTUNE -- The first rule of law, goes the old lawyers joke, is that if the facts are against you, you argue the law. The second rule is that if the law is against you, you argue the facts.
Based on each side's opening arguments on the first day of U.S.A. v. Apple, it's clear that the Department of MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 4, 2013 8:06 AM ET
The best ones, curiously, had nothing to do with Apple.
FORTUNE -- If U.S.A. v. Apple Inc. were decided on the basis of opening day PowerPoint presentations, the government could have rested its case before the first witness was called.
The Department of Justice's visual presentation (see link to pdf below) was like something you'd expect from Apple (AAPL). The slides were simple, to the point and thoughtfully laid out. Companies were logos. MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 3, 2013 7:43 PM ET
Apple's vice president for internet services emerges as the key witness for both sides.
FORTUNE -- Apple's (AAPL) e-book antitrust trial began Monday and it quickly became clear that the case will revolve around Eddy Cue -- Steve Jobs' point man in the negotiations with publishers that the Department of Justice claims was an illegal conspiracy to raise the price of e-books.
The government's opening statement -- delivered before a packed courthouse MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 3, 2013 1:34 PM ET
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