Chief Judge Harry Edwards:
The 60-year-old Jimmy Carter appointee is in his last year as chief judge of the court, where he is known for fostering collegiality among the judges. Viewed as by far the most tech savvy on the D.C. Circuit bench, his proposal to bring in a specialist to educate the judges on the technical side of the Microsoft case failed after both sides attached conditions to the plan. Edwards does not deny the accuracy of his reputation as a tough questioner at oral argument, but says he simply expects lawyers to be prepared.
Judge Douglas Ginsburg:
He is a brainy, somewhat aloof Ronald Reagan appointee whose 1987 nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court was withdrawn when it was revealed that he had used marijuana. Because he is a former head of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division, some observers say other judges might follow Ginsburg’s lead in the Microsoft case; others doubt that fiercely independent appeals judges act that way. Microsoft may be counting on the 54-year-old Chicago-school economic conservative, but ideology can be tricky: Conservative icons Kenneth Starr and Robert Bork have joined amicus briefs on the side of the government.
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