Sergey Aleynikov Would Like Compensation For Having His Life Ruined

Which seems, y'know, reasonable.
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Pay. Up.

The former Goldman Sachs programmer and former person convicted of the former federal crime of crossing Goldman Sachs is no doubt working hard to ensure that his next trial, beginning April 1, doesn’t end up like his last one—with him in jail for allegedly stealing the bank’s high-frequency trading code. But even with such vital matters at stake, it’s never too early to begin seeking revenge against those who have wronged you, in this case Goldman Sachs and its Federal Bureau of Investigation subsidiary. And since he’s not likely to work in this town again, perhaps they could make it so he never has to work again, period.

His lawsuit contends the FBI agents engaged in a "malicious" federal prosecution and violated constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Aleynikov was convicted at trial but later won an appeal.

The lawsuit said the agents further violated his rights by retaining and transferring evidence seized during his arrest to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, whose office brought the pending state court charges after Aleynikov won the federal appeal….

The lawsuit against the FBI agents came two days after Aleynikov sued Goldman Sachs to advance his legal fees to defend against its civil claims against him.

Goldman ex-programmer sues FBI agents, claims rights violations [Reuters]

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