They were found guilty in December of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. They were among 14 people charged in 2014 following an investigation into the outbreak, which sickened almost 800 people. Stearns called their convictions "legally impossible."
Conigliaro attorney Dan Rabinovitz said the decision validates what the defense had been arguing all along. Michael J. Pineault, Carter's attorney, said we are "pleased with the decision and grateful to the Court for the time and care it took in writing its opinion."
Another owner, Barry Cadden, and pharmacist Glenn Chin are serving prison sentences for mail fraud and racketeering convictions. They were both cleared of second-degree murder.