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The Supreme Court has made it clear it's not in a particular hurry to decide whether it wishes to hear the Microsoft case, or whether it will send it to the court of appeals first.

Yesterday, eight orders by the Supremes were made public: seven concerned refusals to hear death-sentence cases, which understandably have a higher priority than some dodgy commercial practices in IT.

Also of greater importance were a few housekeeping Orders from earlier cases, and some 20 attorney discipline Orders banning, or threatening to ban, some lawyers from practising.

The court could get around to making a decision on who will hear the Microsoft next week, but the odds must be that they'll wait until they meet again at the beginning of October before they decide about hearing the case.

The Supremes have never enjoyed publicity, and it's clear that whatever their decision over Microsoft, the media will be around in force to scrutinise every move. The court of appeals libidinous desire to hear the case could just tip the Supremes to hear it - and coincidentally be a more popular move.

Microsoft has said that it would be happy if the case were resolved quickly. ®

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