United States v. Aleynikov

Docket Number: 11-1126
Judge: Jacobs
Opinion Date: April 11, 2012

Defendant, a computer programmer employed by Goldman Sachs & Co., appealed his conviction for stealing and transferring proprietary computer source code of Goldman’s high frequency trading system in violation of the National Stolen Property Act (NSPA), 18 U.S.C. 2314, and the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 (EEA), 18 U.S.C. 1832. Defendant argued, inter alia, that his conduct did not constitute an offense under either statute because: (1) the source code was not a “stolen” “good” within the meaning of the NSPA, and (2) the source code was not “related” to a product “produced for or placed in interstate or foreign commerce” within the meaning of the EEA. The court agreed and concluded that defendant’s conduct did not constitute an offense under either the NSPA or the EEA, and that the indictment was therefore legally insufficient. Accordingly, the court reversed the judgment of the district court. View “United States v. Aleynikov” on Justia Law