Lauren Stevens, the former GlaxoSmithKline's former in-house lawyer, who was charged with one count of obstructing an official proceeding, one count of falsifying documents before a federal agency and four counts of making false statements to the FDA, has had her motion for acquittal accepted by the US District Judge, Roger W. Titus.
The Washington News wire is reporting that:
A federal trial judge in Maryland has thrown out the federal government's case against a former GlaxoSmithKline PLC lawyer accused of lying to obstruct a U.S. investigation into whether the pharmaceutical company illegally marketed an antidepressant as a weight-loss drug.
U.S. District Court Judge Roger Titus acquitted former Glaxo lawyer Lauren Stevens without sending the case to the jury. Titus called his summary move to acquit Stevens a "first" in his seven and a half years on the bench.
"I conclude on the basis of the record before me that only with a jaundiced eye and with an inference of guilt that's inconsistent with the presumption of innocence could a reasonable jury ever convict this defendant," Titus said.
Stevens moved for acquittal citing that the US government had failed to present evidence sufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt any of the six counts. [See Fig 1]
The government opposed her motion. Their response to Stevens request can be seen in Fig 2.
Stevens motion for acquittal.
Response to Stevens request for judgement of acquittal.
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