"So why aren't these Judges following the law and levelling contempt charges at Apple?
My opinion is they wouldn't stick.
These Judges are diminishing respect for their positions with their stupid face saving actions designed to do no more than uphold their old boy network."
Well, the Judges don't necessarily need to fire with the biggest calibre of weapons in the arsenal. They seemed to take the view that Apple was behaving like a petulant child, so they fired an unmistakeable warning shot and Apple's UK lawyers got the message loud and clear.
What your opinion may be is, to put it politely, a matter of absolutely no importance to anyone except yourself. It's simply not a matter of "levelling charges" or whether they "wouldn't stick". The fact is that the court may simply enter an order from the bench and impose basically whatever sanctions they feel appropriate. They already found three things.
1. Apple did not comply with the court order
2. Apple was intentionally trying to subvert the intention of the order
3. Apple was spreading lies and innuendo and advancing totally ridiculous arguments (14 Days to make a simple change to a web page ... I mean, its just insulting the intelligence of any reasonable person to spout such bullshit in a courtroom.)
When a senior appeals court judge says "I hope that the lack of integrity involved in this incident is entirely atypical of Apple." is another way of saying "you are a pack of lying bastards and don't try that in my court again."
Then any sane Attorney would tell his client to shut up and behave like grownups.
They did, And Apple did shut up an eat humble pie. Hope they enjoyed the pie. We'll see them get a second helping soon enough. Losers !
I think you might be wise to remember that the Bench was not talking to the public. They were talking to Apple's Lawyers. In the English judicial system the lawyers know how to read between the lines. They got the message. Nuff said.
Nobody can challenge the legal system in the way that Apple tried to. The courts just won't stand for it, and believe me no amount of whining from Apple is going to get them out of doing what the court orders them to do. Not in the UK and not in the EU.
For anyone who knows a little about the english legal system, the fact that Robin Jacob cited a textbook written by his dad on the subject of the implicit power of the courts ... in 1970, is a howler. The lawyers who read that kind of sideswipe from a judge must be rolling on the floor laughing.
... apple behaved like some 16 year old brat who climbed into the ring with Muhammed Ali. :-). They got their butt spanked in public and everyone who'se opinion matters is laughing their heads off. (And the people who count are not you and me, but the judges. Like it or not, they have the full authority of the law. :-) )