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United States v. Cunningham
Citation:103 F.3d 553
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Constance Cunningham was sentenced to 84 months prison after being convicted by a jury of tampering with consumer product with reckless disregard for the risk that another person will be placed in danger of death or bodily injury and under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to such risk. Cunningham was a registered nurse at an Indiana hospital. Cunningham was one of five nurses who, during a period when some of the syringes were known to have been tampered with, had access to the locked cabinet in which they were kept. All five nurses denied having tampered with the syringes. But Cunningham acknowledged having once been a Demerol addict. She said the problem was in the past and to prove this she offered to have her blood and urine tested for Demerol. The urine test was positive. The Government believes that Cunningham was stealing Demerol from the syringes in order to feed a Demerol addiction.
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