In an unusual twist in a trial that has had many, Microsoft trial Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson said yesterday he would release the first part of his two-part decision in the antitrust case on "a Friday", not necessarily this Friday, next Friday or the Friday after that, but on "a Friday". Jackson's announcement was posted on the US District Court's Web site.
On the Friday Jackson releases his decision, the attorneys in the case will be given the decision at 4:30 p.m. It will be released to the public two hours later.
Jackson is releasing his verdict in two parts. The first part will be his "findings of fact", in which the judge will rule on what set of facts in the case he determined are accurate. Microsoft and the Government filed their own findings of fact in August. That will be followed by a verdict.