Microsoft is preparing for the Supreme Court
Microsoft still hopes not to be forced to discuss his case before the Supreme Court but is preparing to do so. The Redmond company announced yesterday that it had added the well-known attorney Carter Phillips and his law firm to the defense college. Sidley & Austin. Phillips is known to be one of the leading prosecution experts in the Supreme Court where he has an impressive series of victories. According to some legal experts, Phillips would already be at work at this time just to try to avoid the High trial first Court. As known, Microsoft would much prefer that the trial was first examined by the Court of Appeal which in the past had always favored the Redmond company. On the contrary, the Justice Department thinks that Jackson's sentence should go directly to the Supreme Court both to avoid the risk of it being canceled by the Court of Appeal and to shorten the time. The next stages of the trial set a hearing in July 26 during which Microsoft rejects the request to skip the intermediate judgment and on August 15 the response of the DOJ. By the first week of October the Supreme Court will decide whether to accept the case or not. In the event of an affirmative reply from the High Court, the trial could be concluded with a definitive sentence by June 2001. If, on the other hand, there is a grade of intermediate judgment, the final sentence, which probably will still be that of the Supreme Court, will not be will have before mid-2002.