The Aleynikov prosecution received more attention that DOJ was prepared for. DOJ is in a tough position - "tough" if you put personal interests ahead of your ethical and legal obligations, that is.
If DOJ indicts Aleynikov, they won't obtain a conviction. Aleynikov is not guilty of the crimes he was arrested for. If DOJ dismisses the charges against Aleynikov, DOJ looks like Goldman Sachs' stooge.
Perhaps arresting Aleynikov with 48 hours of Goldman's call to DOJ was a bit rushed? Perhaps an investigation into a criminal matter should include something more than, "Goldman Sachs said this was important, and that we must make an arrest ASAP"? Perhaps, indeed.
DOJ, through AUSA Joseph Facciponti, is in denial. Like a person ignoring the bill collector's calls, as if the problem will just go away, Facciponti is delaying and ignoring.
Thus, at today's Aleynikov hearing, which was itself the product of a 30-day delay, Facciponti wants another delay:
NEW YORK, Sept 16 (Reuters) - The government will have another month to seek an indictment against or reach a settlement with a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) programmer accused of stealing trade secrets.
U.S. Magistrate Judge James Francis has delayed further proceedings by 30 days until Oct. 16 to let the government and the former programmer, Sergey Aleynikov, continue talks, a spokeswoman for prosecutors in the case said.