Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Cadden Charges Prosecutors Gave Jury Improper Evidence
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Attorneys for a former drug company executive are charging that federal prosecutors somehow gave a secret binder to jurors that gave one-sided information and may have led to their client's conviction on racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud charge.
The charges against the prosecution were included in a massive 64-page memorandum submitted to support a motion to either acquit Barry Cadden on all charges or grant him a new trial.
The 64-page memorandum also accuses federal prosecutors of attempting to mislead the jury by presenting evidence that they knew or should have known was false.
"The government presented misleading and factually incorrect evidence to manipulate the chronology to falsely show Cadden knew of a problem with the methylprednisolone acetate sooner than he did," the memo states.
The memo was filed to back Cadden's motion for acquittal on the 58 counts he was convicted on last month by a 12-person jury sitting in Boston, Mass.
Cadden, who is scheduled for sentencing on June 29, was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy and mail fraud following a 10-week trial. The charges stem from a federal probe of the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened 778 patients across the country, killing 77 of them.
The memo charges that despite repeated assurances from U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns to the contrary, prosecutors improperly gave jurors a binder full of evidence against their client without providing evidence showing his innocence.
"There is no question the non-admitted binder was, in fact, submitted to the jury," the filing states.
They also charged that prosecutors presented jurors with a summary testing chart that had never been introduced as evidence and excluded rebuttal evidence presented in Cadden's defense.
Repeating arguments presented in the acquittal motion, Cadden's lawyers said prosecutors improperly influenced the jury by presenting "a sea of prejudicial evidence" about the deaths of 25 patients who died after being injected with steroids from the New England Compounding Center, a company headed and part owned by Cadden.
The jury acquitted Cadden on the second degree murder charges. Although a majority voted for conviction on most of those counts, a unanimous vote was needed.
Prosecutors, the memo charges, "presented evidence in the hope -ultimately futile-that it could inflame the jury to hook Cadden on at least one or more of the murder charges,"the filing continues.
"For 10 weeks the government paraded witnesses before the jury to testify about heart wrenching stories of death and suffering," .
Prosecutors, the memo continues, tried to leave jurors with the impression that Cadden delayed disclosure of the discovery that NECC drugs were laden with a deadly fungus.
Citing conflicting testimony about a phone call Cadden made to an Indiana clinic, his lawyers said the government knew from telephone records that the call couldn't have been made on the date a clinic employee testified she took the call.
It was "improper for the government to present evidence it knows is false," the memo states.
Cadden's legal team, headed by Bruce Singal, said prosecutors repeatedly tried to mislead the jury by presenting false and misleading testimony and evidence.
"Barely a day went by in this trial in which the government did not mislead the jury with distorted, incomplete or inaccurate evidence," the brief states.
The memo asserts that there was insufficient evidence to prove the racketeering and mail fraud charges despite the jurors unanimous votes.
As for the conspiracy, the memo charges that the government never proved there was an agreement between Cadden and any of the other defendants to break the law.