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Trial to begin over meningitis outbreak that killed 64

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    Barry Cadden left the federal courthouse in Boston after a Dec. 2014 hearing. Jury selection is set to begin in his murder trial today in Boston.

BOSTON >> Jury selection is set to begin in the murder trial of a former top executive at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that has been blamed for a national meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people in 2012.

Barry Cadden is charged with 25 counts of murder and other offenses under federal racketeering laws. He is the co-founder and former head pharmacist of New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

Federal prosecutors allege that the center used expired ingredients and failed to follow industry cleanliness standards, resulting in tainted steroid injections. Hundreds across the country were sickened with fungal meningitis in the fall of 2012.

Cadden has pleaded not guilty. His lawyer has said that prosecutors overreached in charged him with causing deaths.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in U.S. District Court.

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    • The underlying charge is “production of deadly medicines.” Since Cadden who himself is a pharmacist produced/sold deadly medicine anything less than a murder charge would be under-charging, IMO.
      Did he intend to kill, no more than the rapist who choked his victim a little longer than he “intended”, killing their victim in the process.

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