FORTUNE -- Most of arguments the Wall Street Journal made Friday in a strident editorial calling for the ouster of the judge in the e-book antitrust case were taken from a motion Apple (AAPL) filed last week. (See Apple to judge: You and your antitrust monitor are way out of line.)
But there was also a nugget of new reporting. It's about the relationship between Denise Cote, the federal judge who found Apple guilty last July of conspiring to fix the price of e-books, and Michael Bromwich, the lawyer -- and, the Journal claims, old friend -- to whom she handed the lucrative task of monitoring Apple's compliance:
"Readers may recall Mr. Bromwich as the political fixer President Obama brought in after the BP deepwater oil spill. He worked for Iran-Contra independent counsel Lawrence Walsh in the Reagan era and as inspector general for the Justice Department in the Clinton years.
"He was confirmed for the latter job despite conflicts of interest; his mentor Philip Heymann was Deputy Attorney General and inspectors general are supposed to be impartial watchdogs. In 1994, Judge Cote wrote Mr. Bromwich an effusive endorsement letter to help push him over the Senate hump."
"The Second Circuit where her ruling is on appeal should remove her from the case," the editorial concludes. "Her condominium with Mr. Bromwich is offensive to the rule of law and a disgrace to the judiciary."
If the Journal's rhetoric seems a bit over the top ("condominium"?), that may be because News Corp. (NWS), which publishes the paper, has a stick in this particular fire. It also owns HarperCollins, one of the five e-book publishers Judge Cote ruled had colluded with Apple. Ironically, HarperCollins was the conspiracy's most reluctant participant. It threw in with Apple only after Steve Jobs appealed to News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.
For a more dispassionate analysis of the legal issues at stake, I recommend the piece my Fortune colleague Roger Parloff posted Monday:
Cites a single unnamed source "familiar with the situation."
FORTUNE -- Is this the news Apple (AAPL) investors have been waiting so many years to hear?
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Tea Party Senators and a conservative newspaper came -- briefly -- to Apple's defense.
FORTUNE -- Steve Jobs wasn't given to making political statements, but he did send signals: He dated Joan Baez, he toasted Barack Obama and, according to Walter Isaacson's biography, he chewed out Rupert Murdoch privately for letting Fox News become "an incredibly destructive force in our society."
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FORTUNE -- Under the headline Samsung-Apple Patent Fight: Is It Worth It?, Wednesday's Wall Street Journal takes a long look at three years of smartphone litigation and concludes that the answer is no.
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Buy the news, sell the rumor.
FORTUNE -- Tuesday was another strange one for Apple's (AAPL) beleagued shares.
With the caveat that it's always dangerous to attribute reason to something as irrational as the stock market, this is how it looked to me:
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FORTUNE -- The Wall Street Journal's report Tuesday that Samsung outspent Apple (AAPL) in U.S. smartphone advertising caught some readers by surprise.
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Once again, the Journal has stoked the fires of Apple TV set speculation
FORTUNE -- It's almost exactly a year since the Wall Street Journal sent shivers of anticipatory glee through the Apple (AAPL) investment community with a report on the company's "assault" on the TV business.
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The notion that the Apple has a "carrier subsidy problem" just won't die
FORTUNE -- In the summer of 2009 a Danish mobile phone analyst named John Strand issued a 105-page report entitled "The moment of truth: a portrait of the iPhone," that listed the "10 largest myths" about Apple's (AAPL) smartphone:
1) The iPhone drives data traffic into mobile operators networks
2) The iPhone helps operators attract new customers
3) The iPhone is MORE
The picture is even more striking than it was a month ago
In February, Jonathan Golub at UBS started a new fashion on the Street by publishing two versions of his regular quarterly forecast: one for the S&P 500, and another for what he called the "S&P 500 ex-Apple."
Strategists at Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Barclays and Wells Fargo soon followed suit.
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