Feeds

DoJ subpoenas Gates' former girlfriend over Vobis

Justice is chasing claims that evidence was deliberately destroyed

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Stefanie Reichel, a former Microsoft manager who, according to Wendy Goldman Rohm's book The Microsoft File was once Bill Gates' girlfriend (and then Microsoft general counsel Bill Neukom's), made a deposition in the Caldera versus Microsoft case which is wending its way through the Salt Lake City district court. The DoJ has now confirmed that it has subpoenaed the tapes because it is interested in emails that appear to have been deliberately destroyed because they contained incriminating evidence about Microsoft's dealings with Vobis, and Microsoft's efforts to "persuade" Vobis to switch to MS-DOS from DR DOS. The DoJ has said that it is unlikely that Reichel would be called as a witness, but the deposition could give evidence that Microsoft had tried to obstruct justice, or give supporting evidence that Microsoft had used anti-competitive measures, so increasing the evidence of a general pattern of illegal practices. Charles Rule, a legal consultant to Microsoft, complained that the issue wasn't in the original Complaint [in May], but as the information only came to light recently, and it is said to contain the allegation that Microsoft destroyed incriminating evidence, this is unlikely to result in its being excluded by the judge. According to the Los Angeles Times, Reichel is an "unco-operative witness" in the Caldera case, and has hired a prominent LA lawyer to help her resist the DoJ's attempts to get her co-operation. Who could be guaranteeing her legal bills we wonder? Reichel was born in Germany and now works in marketing for the Americas Cup team. ® Complete Register trial coverage Click for more stories Click for story index

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
Tabloid splashes, MP resigns - but there's a BIG copyright issue here
Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights
Lobbies tetchy MPs 'to end indiscriminate online surveillance'
How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?
Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'
There's morality and then there's economics ...
Google hits back at 'Dear Rupert' over search dominance claims
Choc Factory sniffs: 'We're not pirate-lovers - also, you publish The Sun'
EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report
Probe expected to say single-digit rate was unlawful
While you queued for an iPhone 6, Apple's Cook sold shares worth $35m
Right before the stock took a 3.8% dive amid bent and broken mobe drama
prev story

Whitepapers

A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.