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Washington Post: Microsoft Prosecutor Fields House Questions

Apr 13, 2000, 14:38 (2 Talkback[s])
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"The committee's top Republican echoed other members of the committee, particularly the Democrats, in asking that the House permit the judicial process to take its course."

"Ranking Democrat Rep. John Conyers of Michigan picked up Hyde's comment but turned it on Republicans by suggesting that some members were using Microsoft's antitrust battle with the Justice Department and 19 states to boost campaign coffers or push partisan issues."

"Conyers also criticized Microsoft for a television advertisement featuring Bill Gates that began running nationally after the court's verdict that Microsoft had violated federal antitrust laws. "I can't remember this happening before where there is a wholesale advertising campaign" while an antitrust case is still in litigation, Conyers said. "It is an incredible situation.""

"But several Republicans took Microsoft's side, reprising several of the defenses the software giant raised during the trial – that the case was about competitors' complaints and not consumer interests and that the dynamic computer software marketplace was outpacing the antitrust case."

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