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Volunteer Needed for Thursday Trial Coverage
Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 04:52 PM EST

Our scheduled reporter for Thursday and Friday is still a flu patient, and so we do need someone to cover Thursday's SCO v. Novell trial. If you can, please email me and I'll give you instructions. Trust me, you'll have fun. And the rest of us will be so grateful. Thanks!

Update: I'm just learning that the two reporters scheduled for today couldn't go after all. Medical issues. So hit the Paypal button, y'all. We'll order a daily transcript so I can at least tell you about what happened. It'll take a while to get it, so stay tuned, but no need to refresh every ten minutes or anything.


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Volunteer Needed for Thursday Trial Coverage
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 04:57 PM EST
Sorry for asking the obvious -- has Wednesday been covered?

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Corrections Thread
Authored by: bugstomper on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 05:14 PM EST
If such is needed for such a small article

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Off Topic threads
Authored by: bugstomper on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 05:16 PM EST
If you can't volunteer to cover the trial on Thursday, be off topic here

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News Picks Thread
Authored by: bugstomper on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 05:17 PM EST
If you can't volunteer to cover the trial on Thursday, post a discussion of a
News Pick article here instead.

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Paypal Donations for Today's Transcript - Support Thread
Authored by: bugstomper on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 05:37 PM EST
As PJ's update said, the fates have conspired to keep Groklaw reporters out of
the court today. Here's a thread where you can post to bring up the level of
enthusiasm until all three weeks' worth of transcripts are paid for.

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Everything COMES here
Authored by: red floyd on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 05:42 PM EST
If you can't volunteer for the trial, but feel like transcribing a COMES
exhibit, have fun here.

I am not merely a "consumer" or a "taxpayer". I am a *CITIZEN* of the United
States of America.

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Give your injured hand a rest.
Authored by: Leg on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 05:50 PM EST

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Volunteer Needed for Thursday Trial Coverage
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 06:09 PM EST

This is the official support thread, for all the Groklaw addicts who are currently going into withdrawal.

Test for addictiveness:
A. Did you rush home early to get the updates?
B. Have you been refreshing the Groklaw homepage to see the updates from today's trial?
C. Did you shout expletives when you found out no updates were available?
D. Have you bashed SCO on this site inside the last week? month? year? decade?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be a Groklaw addict.

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I can be there for a little while
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 06:09 PM EST
I can't make it at the start, but I have some time to drop in. Is that
possible? Or do you have to be there at the start. I am going to be in SLC for
a training, and was going to stop by afterwards if its possible.

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Volunteer Needed for Thursday Trial Coverage
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 06:38 PM EST
US$100 in here. Glad the $NZ is strong to the $US at the moment.


[ Reply to This | # ] conspiracy thread
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 10:09 PM EST
Put your best guesses here.

(it'll help kill time while we're all waiting for Day 4 to start..)


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Today's Trial
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 10:15 PM EST
I am definitely a Groklaw addict (and I happened to attend the trial). Just not
a good note taker.

Duff Thompson testified for most of the day and sang the same old SCO song that
while he was at Novell he was in charge of negotiating the deal with Santa Cruz.
He (and Novell) always intended to transfer the entire Unix business and no one
at Novell ever told him to hold back the copyrights. To do so would make
"no sense whatsoever." The cross-exam by Acker was great. Thompson has
110,000 shares of SCO stock and undescribed options. He headed up the
litigation committee that made the decision to sue Novell and IBM. His partner
(Dan Campbell) also sits on the board and was part of the deal to finance this
litigation. (I suspect this was in reference to the deal that was approved by
the bankruptcy court, but no specific reference to the bankruptcy was made).
Thompson claimed to "know nothing about his partner's personal
investments." Thompson also told Frankenberg he would be leaving Novell in
spring 1995 (before he was tasked with negotiating the SCO deal). Acker asked
him if he had "checked out" after he decided to leave Novell and
Thompson kind of laughed and said something to the effect that "that is not
how I would characterize it."

The Judge admonished Thompson to answer the questions asked, even though Acker
never asked for the admonishment. I had to smile! It was clear to me and I think
the jury that Thompson was trying to be evasive. Especially when Acker showed
him an email that questioned the whole SCO source business concept. He began to
have doubts about ever having seen it, even though his name was referenced as
one of the recipients. There was also some great cross about the fact that SCO's
SEC filings (that Thompson had approved as one of the Board members), expressly
called out the substantial risk to the SCOsource scheme, because of the outcry
from the Linux community -- not because Novell claimed ownership of the
copyrights, but because no one believed any Unix copyrighted code existed within
Linux. It seemed the Jury was very much engaged during the cross examination.
And it became apparent that Thompson was SCO and a key to the entire SCO source
licensing plan.

Ed Chatlos then testified that he knew for certain the copyrights were included
as part of the deal. And the reference to Novell retaining "all
copyrights" was "clear in his mind" as referencing only the
Netware related copyrights -- his explanation -- because the schedule included
lots of Netware related references. Ted Norman did the direct examination and
tried to soften any bias issue by asking Chatlos about his wife who works for
SCO and
has a couple hundred shares and several thousand options.

The cross examination was quite short and I don't think really made any
significant hits on Chatlos.

Tomorrow will be deposition video of Messman and then SCO's expert Davis will

Sorry my recollection is not too detailed, but next time I will try to take some
notes. I was just having too much fun watching.

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Closing argument order?
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 10:42 PM EST
Who goes last in closing arguments?

The other day I thought I saw someone write
that the plaintiffs go last, and that's been
bothering me because that seems backwards
from what I learned in school (and on TV).


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Salt lake trib article FOR 3/10/ 2010
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, March 10 2010 @ 11:00 PM EST

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Volunteer Needed for Thursday Trial Coverage
Authored by: jjock on Thursday, March 11 2010 @ 01:34 AM EST

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