Former Apple Designer Charged with Harassing Steve Jobs
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ A former Apple Computer designer who helped launch the company’s Macintosh computer has pleaded innocent to charges he harassed his former boss, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
Burrell Smith, 37, appeared in Palo Alto Muncipal Court on Monday to deny charges he disturbed the peace and prowled at Jobs’ home in Palo Alto. Smith was accused of breaking windows, throwing a firecracker and leaving letters at the house.
Smith, who joined Apple in 1979 and later quit to form his own computer firm, Radius Inc., was released on $25,000 bail.
Smith’s mother, Phyllis Carver Smith, said her son suffered from bipolar manic depression and takes medication to control his condition.
Last week, Jobs asked for a restraining order against Smith, who owns a home a few blocks away. A hearing on the restraining order is scheduled for June 17.
Jobs now heads Next Computer Inc., a software company.