Letter to the Editor

Remembering Thomas Penfield Jackson

The Post’s obituary for Thomas Penfield Jackson [“Federal judge called Microsoft a monopoly,” Metro, June 16] highlighted his role in the Microsoft case. Indeed, the case was appealed and his judgment was partially overturned. But shortly after the case was resolved, he addressed the prospect of this happening in a talk at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where I teach.

Judge Jackson commented that he knew his ruling in such a case would be appealed; either side would find a reason for appeal. He made references to the number of years that the AT&T case was in the courts and the great expense to U.S. taxpayers, and he stated that he did not want that to happen again. He said his job was to hear the case, make a decision and let the outcome be resolved at a higher level. He went on to say that he had tried enough cases to learn not to let his ego stand in the way of what was the right thing to do.

I didn’t know Judge Jackson when he gave that talk at the college. But over the years, we became friends, he was appointed as a member of the St. Mary’s College Board of Trustees, and he took an active interest in St. Mary’s County residents. We will miss his wisdom, his engaging conversations and, yes, his baritone voice.

Helen G. Daugherty, St. Mary’s City

 
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