Kenneth Starr, the prosecutor who pursued ex-president Bill Clinton over his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, has criticised the proposed Microsoft antitrust settlement.
Monday was the last day to submit public comments on the settlement and both sides continued to convey their opposing viewpoints.
Former judge Starr and Judge Robert Bork both signed an affidavit stating that the settlement between Microsoft and the Department of Justice was too weak and would not adequately deal with Microsoft's antitrust activities.
The affidavit was submitted to US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.
"This proposed decree is so ineffective that it would not have prevented Microsoft from destroying Netscape and Java. It is so ineffective in controlling Microsoft that it might as well have been written by Microsoft itself," Judge Bork said.
Starr added: "Because this proposed settlement does not follow the mandates of the Court of Appeals judgement, it must be rejected."
The 85-page filing was submitted by the 'Project to Promote Competition and Innovation in the Digital Age' (ProComp).
It also included an affidavit from Nobel prize winning economist Kenneth Arrow, a professor at Stanford University, who said that the new proposed settlement fails to eliminate the benefits to Microsoft of its illegal conduct and fails to restore competition in the market.
ProComp asked Judge Kollar-Kotelly to look at the "whole range of remedies", and urged the judge to "defer a decision on the proposed decree until after the hearing on the stronger remedies proposed by the nine states which have objected to the proposed settlement".
AOL Time Warner also submitted comments critical of the settlement.
While ProComp had a pop-up window asking visitors to write to the Justice Department, Microsoft's Freedom to Innovate site had a similar request.
But, unsurprisingly, the Microsoft-funded Association for Competitive Technology submitted 40 pages of comment supporting the settlement.
The Association said that the remedy proposed by the nine states that have refused to accept the settlement "would effectively destroy the Windows standard".
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