Saying that Microsoft's attempts to remove court-appointed special master Lawrence Lessig were "trivial and altogether non-probative," Judge Jackson denied the motion in a sharply-worded court order. Jackson, who has shown no kindness to the software giant, called Microsoft's filing to remove Lessig "defamatory." "\[Microsoft's reasons to remove Lessig are\] defamatory, and the court finds they were not made in good faith." Jackson appointed Lessig in December so that he could research the technical issues in the court base between the U.S. Department of Justice and Microsoft