Supposedly Joshua I. Klein had been planning to do so for a while, and the departure had nothing to do with Raj's representation making vague threats about things that could potentially happen to nosy people who don't mind their own business, involving tasers.
Mr. Klein, who has been with the United States attorney's office in Manhattan for 10 years, is expected to leave the office next week. Along with his fellow prosecutors, Andrew Z. Michaelson and Jonathan R. Streeter, Mr. Klein has been front and center in the Galleon case, frequently speaking in court hearings, since Mr. Rajaratnam and five others were arrested in October. Some legal experts said Mr. Klein's departure was surprising given the high-profile nature of the Galleon case. But others noted that Mr. Klein's plans were likely in the works for awhile and that there is enough time before trial to get another prosecutor up to speed.
People briefed on the matter said Mr. Klein is setting up a new firm with Guy Petrillo, a former head of the criminal division for the Southern District of New York, who recently worked at the law firm Dechert. Mr. Petrillo could not be immediately reached for comment.
Key Prosecutor In Galleon Case To Depart [DealBook]