A federal judge in Boston, Mass. has granted a motion filed by federal prosecutors for an extension of the deadline for filing a response to a dismissal motion filed by defendants in the criminal case stemming from a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak.
U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns approved the motion extending the filing deadline to May 12. The original deadline passed on Friday.y
The motion filed in behalf of Gregory Conigliaro seeks the dismissal of a charge of conspiring to defraud the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Conigliaro's motion was joined by two other defendants. Conigliaro's lawyers cited comments by Stearns himself during the recent trial of Barry J. Cadden. Stearns said during the final moments of Cadden's trial that he could not see what the FDA was deprived of.
Cadden was convicted on mail fraud and racketeering charges but cleared of second degree murder charges. Cadden faces sentencing on June 29.