GSK Lawyer Acquitted By The Judge


The Wall Street Journal just reported that the judge threw out the criminal charges against in-house Glaxo lawyer Lauren Stevens. Here's a copy of the transcript of the proceeding.

A federal trial judge in Maryland on Tuesday acquitted a former GlaxoSmithKline PLC lawyer accused of lying during an investigation of Glaxo marketing practices, dealing a blow to the government's effort to target individuals in probes of the pharmaceutical industry.

U.S. District Court Judge Roger Titus took the rare move of acquitting former Glaxo lawyer Lauren Stevens without sending the case to the jury. Judge Titus called his summary move to acquit Ms. Stevens a first in his seven and a half years on the federal bench. He said that the Massachusetts magistrate judge that ordered privileged documents produced in the first place was wrong, and there was no evidence of crime or fraud sufficient to void the attorney/client privilege. Transcript at 3-4.

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