Feeds

Judge damns Gates as ‘unresponsive witness’

And suggests Gates'own lawyers can't believe it either...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates was yesterday characterised as a lousy witness by Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, who damned the world's richest man as he rejected a Microsoft motion intended to put a stop to the DoJ's 'Gates TV' series (Earlier Story). The DoJ has been showing excerpts from Gates' videotaped deposition, and these have rapidly been achieving cult comedy status, as Gates squirms, forgets, and apparently find it difficult to understand the English language. Microsoft claims the government lawyers are attempting to blacken Gates' character, and using "snippets" out of context. Gates himself told the press yesterday: "I answered every question, completely, truthfully through many, many long days. The fact that they're taking snippets out of that and holding them up without having me there because they chose not to call me as a witness, I think, is quite novel." Register factoid: the transcript of the latest session which we published earlier this week (Stupidly vast transcript) in nigh-on 5,000 words long. Snippet? Microsoft claimed in its motion that the DoJ has been spacing out the Gates videos so it can hit the headlines over and over again, and although this is true (Come on, it's got to be true, hasn't it? But it's fun.), the judge rejected the argument, saying: "I think your problem is with your witness… I think it's evident to every spectator that, for whatever reasons, in many respects Mr Gates has not been particularly responsive to his deposition interrogation. ... Everybody at your table has reflected scepticism as the testimony is presented." So not only does the judge think Gates is a liability as a witness - he also thinks the defence lawyers think this too. Oh dear. The good judge was sniggering openly during the last show, so probably doesn't want to miss his weekly fix either. ® Complete Register trial coverage

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
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.
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?
Getting ahead of the compliance curve
Learn about new services that make it easy to discover and manage certificates across the enterprise and how to get ahead of the compliance curve.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.