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FC: How appeals court judges are connected, by Ian Hopper
From: Declan McCullagh <declan () well com>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 16:35:24 -0500


From: "D. Ian Hopper" <ihopper () ap org>
To: "Declan McCullagh" <declan () well com>
Subject: For politech
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2001 16:17:20 -0500

Thought the list might be interested in this story, that turned out to be
better than I expected it would be.


Microsoft Case Judges Are Connected

By D. IAN HOPPER, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The appeals judges hearing Microsoft's case this week used
computers that allowed them to communicate with their clerks or research
legal documents while they listened to arguments.

The portable computers came with Microsoft's Windows operating system and
Internet Explorer browser as well as Netscape's Navigator browser.

Those browsers are at the heart of the antitrust battle in which a trial
judge ordered the breakup of Microsoft.

Court officials would not say which software they appeals judges prefer.

Researchers say that the growing use of laptops, CD-ROMs and e-mail by court
systems may eventually lead to courtrooms that exist only in cyberspace.
Michigan is already trying to develop such a court.

``What used to be purely science fiction just isn't anymore. What we can
already do is astounding, and what we may be able to do in the next five
years is awe-inspiring,'' said Fred Lederer, who is developing an
experimental high-tech courtroom at the College of William and Mary in
Williamsburg, Va.



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