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Originally published Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM

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NY court explains why it freed Sachs programmer

A New York federal appeals court says it freed a former Goldman Sachs computer programmer from prison because a law used to convict and imprison him was misinterpreted.

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NEW YORK —

A New York federal appeals court says it freed a former Goldman Sachs computer programmer from prison because a law used to convict and imprison him was misinterpreted.

At least one member of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel said Wednesday that Congress should revisit the law.

That judge says the law is ambiguous and required that Sergey Aleynikov (SUR'-gay uh-LAY'-nih-kawf) be freed. But he added that he hopes Congress rewrites the law and clarifies what it meant to say was criminal.

The resident of North Caldwell, N.J., was freed in February, shortly after lawyers argued the case.

He was serving a sentence of more than eight years after a jury convicted him in December 2010 of stealing trade secrets.

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