Canadian doctors acquitted in scandal

TORONTO – A judge acquitted three doctors, a New Jersey company and a former Red Cross official of criminal charges Monday in a tainted-blood scandal that left thousands of Canadians with HIV or hepatitis Toronto Superior Court Justice Mary Lou Benotto said in her verdict that the defendants did not show conduct that displayed wanton and reckless disregard and that there was no marked departure from the standard of a reasonable person.

“The conduct examined in detail over one and a half years confirms reasonable and responsible and professional actions and responses during this difficult time. The allegations of criminal conduct on the part of these men and this corporation were not only unsupported by the evidence, they were disproved.

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