FTC brings in big gun to take on Google

The US Federal Trade Commission is bringing in a high profile lawyer to investigate Google’s anti-trust charges.

Former Justice Department prosecutor and noted litigator Beth Wilkinson is best known for convicting Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said the former prosecutor will run its antitrust investigation of Google

According to Reuters, Wilkinson begins work on Monday in a case which some observers think could settle the future of Google and consumers’ use of the Internet.

Google has been accused of doing evil by using its clout in the search market to stomp rivals. European regulators are also looking into similar claims.

So far the FTC has has not yet decided whether to bring a lawsuit against Google, but if it is hiring big guns like Wilkinson chances are that is only a matter of time.

The FTC only hires outsiders when it wants to do something aggressive. It also is similar to the situation when the Justice Department’s hiring of high-profile lawyer David Boies over a decade ago to help argue its landmark antitrust case against Microsoft.