Microsoft wants the snail trial
"Microsoft wants to put the appeal procedure to sleep, monstrously inflating the procedures and magnifying the documentation." The accusation of the Department of Justice arises after Microsoft has compiled a document in which it puts forward its proposals on the times and modalities of the new procedural phase.Microsoft asked that 60 days be allowed to provide the first version of the facts and another 30 days should elapse between any new documents. The parties should be allowed 90 minutes after each legal pronouncement. This is when the normal time frame for appeal procedures established by federal laws has deadlines of 40, 30 and 15 days. If Microsoft's request were accepted by the court of appeal, a sentence could arrive no earlier than six months, a time considered too long by the DOJ. "We believe that 36 days, which would mean the opening of proceedings for November 1st, – Justice Department lawyers say – they are more than enough for Microsoft to fill out its initial document. " The government would then have another forty days to reply to Microsoft which in turn would have another 15 days to reply in turn. It would thus arrive at December 22. In addition to this the Department of Justice also criticizes the size of the documentation that Microsoft requires from 14,000 to 56,000 words for the opening document and from 7000 to 28,000 for the subsequent documentation. “This is an appeal not a review of the process. 56,000 words mean more or less 200 pages, "say US government lawyers. Some legal experts interviewed by C / Net admit that Microsoft's demands are exaggerated and those of the Government more pertinent to the norm. "I would be surprised if the Court of Appeal accepted Microsoft's position – said Andy Gavil, a Harvard law professor expert in antitrust – I don't think all the necessary documentation could be in the hands of the court at a later date next January If this is the case, the Court of Appeal could issue a sentence already by next April or early May. Then it will be the turn of the Supreme Court that considering the trial after the summer could issue a sentence, which would be definitive, not before 2002.