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The Register: DoJ wants MS appeal to go straight to Supreme Court

May 02, 2000, 23:52 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Graham Lea)

"The DoJ says that "in light of the significance of the reorganisation for both Microsoft and the computer industry, the appeals process should be expedited to the maximum extent possible. Any decision to seek direct review by the Supreme Court pursuant to the Expediting Act will, of course, be made by the Solicitor General after the Final Judgment is entered and any notice of appeal is filed." This is likely to be just a formality, and Microsoft is unable to stop the bypassing of the Court of Appeals."

"It will be extremely hard for the Microsoft camp to find any substantive legal or technical grounds that could be used effectively on appeal. The combination of the findings of fact, the findings of law, and now the proposed remedies are close to being unassailable. There does still remain the political possibility of an attempt at political interference, probably by appointing an assistant attorney general for antitrust opposed to antitrust enforcement, but this would result in blood on the streets and unacceptable political fallout."

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