THE JUDGE WHO MAKES EVERYTHING HIS BUSINESS

Justice department lawyers should have known Stanley Sporkin wouldn't just rubber-stamp the Microsoft settlement. When antitrust chief Anne Bingaman urged the bearish federal judge to approve it, Sporkin growled back: "Will the government give me a pen to sign, or can I use my own? I've got to have some role here."

The first thing to know about Sporkin, 63, is that any time his role isn't big enough to suit him he won't hesitate to expand it. In the mid-1970s, when he headed the enforcement division of the Securities and Exchange Commission, he wasn't content to police Wall Street by...

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