Saturday, January 7, 2017
Judge Loosens Cadden's House Arrest
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Defendant Barry Cadden will be allowed to be away from his Wrentham, Mass. home for 17 hours a day during his trial on second degree murder and racketeering charges.
U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns Friday approved a motion filed by Cadden's lawyer, Bruce Singal, to allow his client to be away from home from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays to attend court sessions and prepare for those court sessions.
Under his former confinement order Cadden was only allowed to leave his home from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. limit will remain in effect on weekends.
Under a schedule set by Stearns both sides will make opening statements in a session set for 9 a.m. Monday. A heavy snowstorm moving through New England over the weekend could cause delays.
Cadden is one of 14 persons charged in a 131 count indictment issued by a federal grand jury following a two year probe of the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, which, according to court documents, caused the death of 76 patients across the country. The dead were among the 778 sickened by fungus loaded drugs produced by the company Cadden helped found, the New England Compounding Center.
Two of the defendants have entered guilty pleas to reduced charges and two other have had charges dismissed. Some of the charges were dismissed against another defendant, but she and seven others are scheduled for trial in April.
Glenn Chin, a supervising pharmacist at NECC, who faces the same charges as Cadden, will go on trial after Cadden's trial is completed.