2 men facing charges in meningitis outbreak case to be released, pending trial

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BOSTON — Two men at the center of a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people will be released from custody, pending trial on criminal charges.

Judge Jennifer Boal said the U.S. attorney's office had not "met its burden" in requesting the detention of Barry Cadden, a co-founder of the now-shuttered New England Compounding Center, and Glenn Chin, the Framingham-based company's supervisory pharmacist.

The two were among 14 people arrested and charged Wednesday in what authorities say is the largest U.S. criminal case ever brought over contaminated medicine.

In a hearing Thursday, lawyers for Cadden and Chin argued that their clients don't serious flight risks, as the prosecution claims. Boal said she will set conditions for their release Friday at 2:30 p.m.

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