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Aug 22, 8:28 AM EDT

A federal judge has ruled that victims of the fatal 2012 meningitis outbreak that was traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy won't be allowed to speak in court when two people with ties to the pharmacy are sentenced


BOSTON (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that victims of the fatal 2012 meningitis outbreak that was traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy won't be allowed to speak in court when two people with ties to the pharmacy are sentenced.

Carla Conigliaro, the majority owner of the New England Compounding Center, and her husband Douglas, pleaded guilty this month to withdrawing $124,000 from their bank accounts in a manner intended to defeat financial reporting requirements. They were not charged with having any direct hand in making the drugs. Sentencing is Nov. 1.

The Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/2bzQXE1 ) reports that a judge rejected the prosecution's motion to submit victim-impact statements, because he could not "sentence the Conigliaros for misdeeds for which they have no criminal responsibility."

The outbreak killed 64 people and sickened more than 750 people.

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Information from: Boston Herald, http://www.bostonherald.com

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