Saturday, June 25, 2016
Cadden Freed from Home Detention
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Over the strong objections of victims of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak, a federal magistrate has released from home detention a Massachusetts man charged with 25 counts of second degree murder.
In a four page order dated Friday, Magistrate Judge Jennifer Boal granted Barry Cadden's motion to be freed from home detention.
"Cadden is entitled to a presumption of innocence," Boal wrote.
"The court finds that a curfew with location monitoring in combination with other conditions of release reasonably assure the appearance of the defendant," she added.
Her decision comes despite strong objections from federal prosecutors and victims of the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened 778 people killing 77 of them.
The order allows Cadden to leave his Wrentham, Mass. home from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cadden was one of 14 owners and employees of the New England Compounding Center the company blamed for the outbreak. NECC shipped thousands of vials of fungus laden spinal steroids to health care providers in more than 20 states.
In her ruling Boal said Cadden "has strong family and community ties."
"The court recognizes the seriousness of the alleged offenses and the great harm the victims have suffered. However, at this stage of the proceedings Cadden is entitled to a presumption of innocence," Boal wrote.
Cadden is scheduled to go on trial on Jan. 5, 2017. In requesting the reduced restrictions, Cadden cited family duties and the need to confer on short notice with his legal team.