Michigan AG seeks criminal probe of meningitis deaths

The state attorney general sought permission Tuesday to launch a criminal investigation into a Massachusetts pharmaceutical company linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis. Saying that Michigan is at the epicenter of pain and death in the case, Attorney General Bill Schuette filed a request with the Michigan Court of Appeals for a rare, four-county grand jury to conduct a confidential investigation of the New England Compounding Center, the company accused in dozens of civil lawsuits of producing contaminated steroids that killed 51 people nationwide and sickened more than 700. If the court agrees, a jury in one of the counties would decide if criminal charges should be brought.