Prosecutors accuse Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam, the central figure in the broadest Wall Street insider trading case in a generation, of making as much as $45 million between 2003 and March 2009 on inside tips about Google Inc, eBay Inc, Intel Corp and other companies.
A hallmark of the investigation was the U.S. government's use of secret recordings of suspects, tactics usually reserved for organized crime probes or narcotics cases.
He has pleaded not guilty and will stand trial in New York starting on March 8.
"The law is heavily stacked against defendants in the pre-trial phase," said Stuart Gasner, a securities fraud defense lawyer at Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco. "The trial is the place where you get to prove your innocence."
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Stuart Gasner centers his practice in the areas of white collar criminal and securities defense, intellectual property litigation and complex corporate disputes. A federal prosecutor before joining Keker & Van Nest, Mr. Gasner has tried more than 20 cases to verdict before juries across the United States.