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Matthew Kluger, a former Big Law associate, arrives at federal court in Newark, New Jersey, on June 4, 2012. (Photo: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg)

A federal judge last week denied an attempt by Matthew Kluger to vacate the 12-year prison sentence he received for his role in a 17-year, $37 million insider trading scheme that relied on his access to big-ticket merger information as an associate at various leading Am Law 100 firms.

Kluger, who was sentenced in 2012 at 51, had argued that his sentence should be vacated because his lawyer failed to argue that a federal court in New Jersey was the wrong venue for his case and that the government failed to prove he had destroyed his cellphone and computer, which he claimed was the basis of an obstruction of justice charge to which he pleaded guilty.

In dismissing Kluger’s motion, U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden of the District of New Jersey said New Jersey was the proper venue and that there was other evidence that Kluger obstructed justice even if the government couldn’t prove Kluger had destroyed evidence on his phone and computer.

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