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A Santa Clara Superior Court judge said late Tuesday he would muzzle two research scientists who have posted more than 13,000 Internet messages insulting their former employer and bosses.

While a jury continued to deliberate over defamation and related claims, Judge Jack Komar verbally issued a finding of fact that defendants Michelangelo Delfino and Mary Day had defamed former employer Varian Medical Systems Inc. and two former bosses. He then indicated he would enjoin them from making further specific defamatory statements.

Komar said that he was “at a loss” to understand Day and Delfino’s motives. “But I certainly find that there has been a very serious defamation, a very serious harassment in this case by the defendants, by both of them. It is without remorse or repentance. There’s a promise and a commitment to do it until they’re dead … And I take them at their word.”

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