James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

‘Flash Boys’ Programmer Gets Some Evidence Thrown Out

The former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) programmer twice charged with stealing the company’s high-speed trading code on his last day of work scored a pre-trial victory as a New York judge ruled his arrest was illegal and threw out some of the evidence against him.

Sergey Aleynikov, 44, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Russia, whose case was the inspiration for Michael Lewis’s best-seller “Flash Boys,” is fighting charges in state court after his federal conviction was overturned.
Physical evidence seized after Aleynikov’s arrest, including computer hardware containing the allegedly stolen code, can’t be used at his trial, New York State Supreme Court Justice Ronald Zweibel in Manhattan ruled yesterday. He also barred prosecutors from using Aleynikov’s statements to FBI agents after his July 3, 2009, arrest at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.