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Microsoft gets help from Judge Jackson?

By Refrag in MLP
Wed Jan 10, 2001 at 11:15:55 PM EST
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ZDNet News' Charles Cooper wrote an article asserting that Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson is turning out to be an asset to Microsoft. Cooper writes that Judge Jackson's quotes in the media may help Microsoft by saying things like "Bill Gates has a 'Napoleonic concept of himself.'"


I personally feel that it is a shame that a judge cannot reveal his post-trial feelings on a case (or a defendant) for fear of causing a mistrial. It would be different if he had said this stuff pre-trial of during the trial. However, seeing as this is how the real world works, perhaps he should remain quiet.

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Microsoft gets help from Judge Jackson? | 8 comments (3 topical, 5 editorial, 0 hidden)
piehole (3.00 / 2) (#5)
by Refrag on Wed Jan 10, 2001 at 01:17:55 PM EST

In true MLP form, I was going to link piehole in the poll, but evidently polls don't take HTML.

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Much better! (2.50 / 2) (#6)
by 11223 on Wed Jan 10, 2001 at 01:28:25 PM EST

I like this a whole lot better. It's more K5 than /., don't you think?

Anyway, the Judge cannot be blamed for what it is he's saying. Remember, Judge Jackson was actually pro-Microsoft at first, but after having dealt with the Microsoft bullshit for months, he's sick of it. Would any judge in a corresponding individual case be blamed? If the lawyers for a murder trial defendant had the bright idea of faking a security camera video, could the Judge be excused for insulting the defense's council? Of course not.

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Get your Facts Straight (2.00 / 2) (#7)
by Ratnik on Wed Jan 10, 2001 at 02:08:47 PM EST

The Judge was never pro-MS anything. MS has complained since BEFORE the trial that they thought the judge was not acting fairly. He has shown an animosity towards MS's lead attorney and was asked to recuse himself because of it.

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