Pharmacist Rips Feds' 'Face-Saving' After Murder Acquittals

By Brian Amaral (May 30, 2017, 5:16 PM EDT) -- The Massachusetts pharmacist convicted of fraud for selling deadly drugs in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak has ripped prosecutors for relying on an unusual verdict form in trying to uphold his conviction.

Barry Cadden said on Friday that the verdict form — on which jurors wrote numbers, instead of just check marks — had become federal prosecutors' "imaginary friend," stoking their "apparently fertile imagination" about how their murder allegations turned out. 

Cadden, an owner and the head pharmacist of the New England Compounding Center, had been charged with second-degree murder as a predicate act for a rackteering scheme. He was acquitted...

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