Washington–The end was anticlimactic.Lawyers for opposing sides in the government’s landmark antitrust suit against Microsoft Corp. behaved like lawyers, and strangely, the judge let them.

Both sides urged U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson to focus on the “real world” but then, as lawyers will do, ignored the other’s strongest legal points and pieces of evidence at the closing arguments on Sept. 21. Judge Jackson sat impassively throughout the daylong proceeding, interrupting only to ask the date of a document or whether it was a good time for a break.

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