Microsoft Pares Down Witness List
Citing weaknesses in the states' case, Microsoft Corp. has decided to drop several of its witnesses originally slated to testify in the software giant's behalf at its remedy proceedings.WASHINGTON D.C.Citing weaknesses in the states case, Microsoft Corp. has decided to drop several of its witnesses originally slated to testify in the software giants behalf at its remedy proceedings. Microsoft spokesman Jim Desler, said the Redmond, Wash., company has decided to not call eight people named on the witness list.
Microsoft originally said it would call between 25 and 30 witnesses in the hearing in which nine states and the District of Columbia, which did not sign on to the settlement reached last year between Microsoft and the Department of Justice, are seeking harsher penalties against the company. Microsoft, which is in its third week of presenting its case in U.S. District Court here, already has called 12 witnesses. The next slated witness, Richard Fade, senior vice president of Microsofts OEM division, will not be called, Desler said.