Wow, talk about a surprise in my Feedly this morning. From Reuters:

In an unusual move before a trial, a federal judge expressed a tentative view that the U.S. Justice Department will be able to show evidence that Apple Inc engaged in a conspiracy with publishers to increase e-book prices.

I know what my personal opinions are on the case, based on what I’ve read in the media so far, and so, yeah, I agree with Judge Cote, but my opinion doesn’t matter at all, and I’m thinking this could come back to bite us later.

She did go on to say it wasn’t a final decision and that she hadn’t yet read all the evidence.

So then why’d she say it in the first place? It seems premature at best and irresponsible at worst. I’ll be interesting to see what she finally rules at the trial on June 3.

Anyone with more legal knowledge than me care to comment? Could Apple use this to their advantage in an appeal?