Manhattan-based U.S. attorney Preet Bharara’s impressive winning streak on insider trading suits finally ended.
Just this Tuesday, a federal jury acquitted Raj Rajaratnam’s brother in his involvement with inside trading conspiracy. The verdict handed Bharara’s office a rare loss. The firm has won over 80 inside trading convictions and guilty pleas for the last several years.
The acquittal arrived in under four hours of discussion and followed an unprecedented rebuke of the judge regarding the government’s case in a lengthy three-week trial.
Naomi Buchwald, the U.S. District judge overlooking the case, shot down two securities fraud counts against Rengan Rajaratnam in the previous week, ruling there’s a lack of evidence to back up the claims.
The jury consisting of several men and women acquitted Rengan Rajaratnam, 43 years, on a single remaining count Buchwald permitted to proceed.
Rajaratnam worked with Galleon Group in the past, his older brother’s hedge fund, who was convicted of inside trading three years ago and currently serving an 11-year prison sentence.