Trump pardons Anthony Levandowski, who stole trade secrets from Google

Donald Trump is on his way out of the White House, but that didn’t stop him from pardoning 73 people and commuting the sentences of another 70 people on the last day of his presidency. 

One name on that list is Anthony Levandowski, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets from the Google-owned, self-driving car company Waymo. 

Levandowski was a co-founder of Google’s self-driving car division before leaving the tech giant in 2016 to start a self-driving truck company called Otto. That company was subsequently acquired by Uber, and Waymo filed a lawsuit alleging that their confidential information ended up in the hands of Uber. Levandowski was looking at a 10-year sentence, but he eventually pleaded guilty to trade secret theft, thus reducing his prison sentence. The start of his sentence was ultimately delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more…More about Donald Trump, Levandowski, Tech, and Politics
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