Attorney General Seeks Criminal Investigation into Michigan Meningitis Deaths

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette asks the Court of Appears to order a grand jury probe into whether crimes were committed by a pharmaceutical company who produced contaminated steroid injections.

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Michigan Attorney General-elect Bill Schuette speaks in Detroit on election night. The Supreme Court is broadening its examination of affirmative action by adding a case about Michigan's effort to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The court on Monday said it would add the Michigan case, which focuses on the 6-year-old voter-approved prohibition on affirmative action and the appeals court ruling that overturned the ban. The new case will be argued in the fall. A decision in the Texas case is expected by late June. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's attorney general is seeking a criminal investigation into the deaths of 17 residents from contaminated steroids supplied by a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company.
Bill Schuette announced Tuesday that he asked the state Court of Appeals to order a multi-county grand jury probe of the New England Compounding Center. He said Michigan leads the country in patients affected by the fungal meningitis outbreak, with 259 infections and 14 deaths.
Three residents died after being treated in Indiana, so Michigan's death toll also has been reported at 17.
A grand jury can compel testimony under oath, while state investigators don't have that power.
Schuette says there is probable cause to believe crimes were committed in Genesee, Grand Traverse, Livingston and Macomb counties -- which have private clinics that administered the steroids.

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