BOSTON (AP)- A federal judge is weighing whether two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people should be freed until their criminal trials.
Barry Cadden, a co-founder of the now-shuttered New England Compounding Center, and Glenn Chin, the Framingham-based company's supervisory pharmacist, were in federal court Thursday. They are among 14 people charged in what authorities say is the largest U.S. criminal case ever brought over contaminated medicine.
Their lawyers argued that the men have deep ties to their communities and have long been aware of the investigation.
But prosecutors said they pose serious flight risks, given they now face possible life sentences.
Judge Marianne Bowler took the arguments under advisement after a hearing lasting more than two hours.