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Saturday, September 1, 2012
NY judge tosses convictions in Fla. steroids case
The Associated Press
Published: Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 12:54 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 1, 2012 at 12:54 p.m.
ALBANY, N.Y. - A judge has delivered another blow to a New York prosecutor's attempt to prosecute Floridians for selling steroids, including people connected to an Orlando pharmacy that played a role in baseball's juicing scandals.
Albany Judge Stephen Herrick this week threw out the convictions of two men who had pleaded guilty in 2007 to funneling fraudulent prescriptions from their clinic in Davie, Fla., to Signature Compounding Pharmacy.
The judge ruled that prosecutors had waited too long to get Greg Trotta and Brian Schafler sentenced.
The Times Union reported ( http://bit.ly/S8Cxvn) that the men had been cooperating with the Albany District Attorney and had been expected to get probation, but their case kept getting delayed as prosecutors battled with the judge over their ability to press charges against Signature's owners.