Microsoft prosecutor Klein to leave Justice

Microsoft prosecutor Klein to leave Justice

SEPT. 19'Assistant attorney general Joel Klein, who brought Microsoft Corp. to trial on antitrust charges, said today he will leave the Justice Department at the end of the month.

Klein joined Justice's Antitrust Division in 1995 and has headed it for the last three years. He most notably prosecuted Microsoft for monopolistic practices. The judge in the federal case, Thomas Penfield Jackson, ruled against Microsoft earlier this year and ordered that the company be split. The case currently is under appeal, with the Supreme Court expected to decide soon whether to hear the appeal or send it to a lower court.

In a statement, Klein said, 'The time has come to seek new challenges. I have done what I set out to do here, and our work is on the right track.'

Attorney general Janet Reno called Klein 'a champion for America's consumers.' She named Klein's principal deputy, Doug Melamed, to assume the job of acting assistant attorney general for antitrust enforcement.

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