Microsoft prosecutor resigns

Microsoft prosecutor resigns

Assistant attorney general Joel Klein, who brought Microsoft Corp. to trial on antitrust charges, will leave the department at month's end.

Klein joined Justice's Antitrust Division in 1995 and has headed the division 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 up. The case is under appeal, with the Supreme Court expected to decide soon whether to hear the appeal or send the case to a lower court.

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

Attorney General Janet Reno named Klein's principal deputy, Doug Melamed, to assume the job of acting assistant attorney general for antitrust enforcement.

Tony Lee Orr, Patricia Daukantas and Kevin McCaney

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