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Former Hershey Medical Researcher Charged in Federal Criminal Case

A federal judge is faced with an ethical decision, should Dr. William J. Zinnanti, a prolific medical researcher, be in the hospital laboratory or behind bars?

Both are on the table. Zinnanti, 42, now a pediatric neurology fellow at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, has a tentative deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to a charge of introducing adulterated medical devices into interstate commerce.  Zinnanti’s lawyer, Alan P. Caplan, said today that he hopes Zinnanti’s ongoing work in the medical research field dissuades Senior Judge William W. Caldwell from sending his client to jail. “Dr. Zinnanti is a brilliant doctor,” Caplan said during a phone interview from his Nevada office. “He has done some groundbreaking research in Pennsylvania and in California.