Pharmacy owner convicted of racketeering, acquitted of murder

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Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. But being found not guilty of murder means he'll likely avoid a life sentence.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, sentencing would be given by Richard Stearns, the U.S. District Court Judge on June 21 this year.

Ex-pharmacy executive Barry Cadden was acquitted of murder Wednesday in connection to a fatal meningitis outbreak that left more than 60 people dead.

"You don't always have that insight into what the jury was thinking", said Eric Christofferson, a former federal prosecutor and now an attorney with DLA Piper.

"It really gives the parties, both the government and the defense attorneys who are looking at the next round of trials, something to think about going into the next round", Christofferson said. Here, Cadden is shown arriving at the federal courthouse last week. Some reports put the death count at more than 70. But they found him guilty of racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud charges.

"It matters because the stakes are so high", Schumacher said.

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"The tainted drugs distributed under Mr. Cadden's watch caused the the largest public health crisis ever by a pharmaceutical drug", said Weintraub.

Cadden's lawyer, Bruce Singal, called the deaths tragic but told jurors that Cadden was not responsible for the deaths. The identities of the jurors are not known, and they could not be reached for comment.

The fungal meningitis outbreak was traced to contaminated steroid injections manufactured by the New England Compounding Center in Framingham. He has pleaded not guilty.

The jury in the trial had a mixed verdict just last Wednesday.

"Barry is very conscious in the flurry of excitement over the verdict that we not forget the people who have suffered terribly during this ordeal, the people who have lost loves ones, and Barry's thoughts and prayers remain with them throughout".

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