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NY appeals court orders acquittal of programmer

NY appeals court orders acquittal of ex-Goldman Sachs programmer on charges he stole code By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A federal appeals court has reversed the conviction of a former Goldman Sachs programmer on charges he stole computer code.

It has ordered a lower court to enter a judgment of acquittal.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a mandate Friday that will result in freedom for Sergey Aleynikov (SUR'-gay uh-LAY'-nih-kawf) of North Caldwell, N.J.

He was sentenced in March to more than eight years in prison. He'd been convicted of stealing trade secrets and transporting stolen property in interstate and foreign commerce.

A three-judge appeals panel in New York had heard arguments on Thursday.

Attorney Kevin Marino says that upon learning the news, his client replied: "There is justice in the world."

Aleynikov was first arrested in July 2009. Prosecutors didn't immediately comment Friday.

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