|Editions | myCNN | Video | Audio | Headline News Brief | Feedback||
Judge to Issue Microsoft Ruling TodayAired April 3, 2000 - 10:31 a.m. ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
DARYN KAGAN, CNN ANCHOR: And we have learned at CNN that there will be a decision given today by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in the Microsoft antitrust case.
With more on that, let's bring in our Steve Young, who has been following this story all along.
Steve, what do we expect to hear?
STEVE YOUNG, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Daryn, we confirmed with the judge's chambers a couple of minutes ago, that the verdict, the conclusion of law, will be issued today, this afternoon, somewhere in the vicinity of 5:00 p.m., possibly a little bit earlier. The parties, that is Microsoft, the 19 states suing the company, and the federal government, will receive the document a couple of hours ahead of reporters, and everybody else. Copies, printed copies, will be available at the U.S. district court a couple of blocks from here at the General Printing Office and on the Web sites of various government agencies, including the district court and the GPO.
Based on the price of this document, I'm going to inform guess that it is going to be probably half the length of the findings of fact which were very strongly against Microsoft. So it is generally expected that the conclusions of law, which is the verdict, will be very strongly against Microsoft. And we will all know more about it in a couple of hours.
KAGAN: And this is a decision, I imagine, it will be very long and it would take a while to digest and to figure out exactly what it means.
YOUNG: Well, we had to gallop last night on the findings of fact and absorb it quickly. it will probably be half as short, so as we've already been alerted to the issues, probably we'll have a good sense. And you know, in the findings of fact there was something like 148 paragraphs, and the judge found for the government, and against Microsoft in every of those but one. So it probably is going to be as stark an anti-Microsoft document as was the last document issued by Judge Jackson.
KAGAN: So this could be bruising for Microsoft, but hardly the end of the story, I would imagine.
YOUNG: Hardly the end of the story. Microsoft calculates that it has already twice won on appeal before the U.S. appellate court here in Washington, it is banking on that. But the difference of course is there has been a lot of testimony and witnesses now, and these findings of fact cannot be challenged by the appellate courts. They have to be accepted by the reviewing authority.
So it may not be slam-dunk that Microsoft will absolutely get as friendly a reception at the appellate court as it got the last two times.
KAGAN: All right, Steve Young, helping us to understand what we are expecting later today, a ruling in the Microsoft antitrust case. Thank you.
TO ORDER A VIDEO OF THIS TRANSCRIPT, PLEASE CALL 800-CNN-NEWS OR USE OUR SECURE ONLINE ORDER FORM LOCATED AT www.fdch.com
|Back to the top||
© 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.|
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.