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The inner workings of a judge’s brain are usually as closed as his chambers. But at this spring’s Institute for Law and Economics Distinguished Jurist Lecture, Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the U.S. District Court for California’s Northern District offered a rare glimpse into the rationale for his ruling in the Oracle antitrust case, a decision that permitted the software company’s hostile acquisition of PeopleSoft in early 2005.

One of Walker’s chief criticisms of the government’s case against Oracle was its heavy reliance on the testimony of handpicked tech industry customers.

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