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Government Wants to Keep Argument Going Over Parnell’s Expert Witness

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Knowledge is a powerful thing, especially where it comes into play in a federal criminal case. A new dispute has erupted between government and defense lawyers in the pre-trial proceedings involving former Peanut Corporation of America chief executive Stewart Parnell’s all-over knowledge. Government prosecutors say Parnell’s defense attorneys have misstated the law regarding whether knowledge… Continue Reading

Idaho Joins Utah in Asking Federal Court to Dismiss ‘Ag-Gag’ Lawsuit

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Idaho wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the state by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF). “ALDF attacks a statute it wishes had passed,” say attorneys for Idaho Gov. C.L “Butch” Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “The statute actually passed has nothing to do with speech or employee whistleblowing,” they… Continue Reading

Country-of-Origin Labeling Challenge Gets a Rehearing Before Full D.C. Appeals Court

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A meat industry effort to stop USDA from implementing its May 2013 country-of-origin (COOL) labeling regulations has come back to life. A March 28 ruling that favored USDA was vacated April 4 by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, opening up a possibility for the American Meat Institute to still… Continue Reading

Government Prosecutors Ask Judge to Exclude Parnell’s ADHD Expert From Testifying

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Government attorneys prosecuting former peanut executive Stewart Parnell want the testimony of a Virginia neuropsychologist excluded altogether from the trial scheduled to get under way this summer. In a three-pronged attack on Dr. Joseph C. Conley, Jr., the neuropsychologist who claims Parnell suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), the government states that his testimony… Continue Reading

Parnell Attorney: Jury Will Consider ‘Two Factual Contexts’ if ADHD Expert Testifies

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If Dr. Joseph C. Conley, Jr., is allowed to testify as an expert witness in this summer’s planned criminal trial of former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives, Stewart Parnell’s attorneys say it could help win an acquittal for their client. Conley is the clinical neuropsychologist who diagnosed Parnell, former chief executive officer of the… Continue Reading

Federal Criminal Charges Against ConAgra Still Possible Over Peter Pan Outbreak

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Federal criminal charges related to contaminated peanut butter produced in 2007 in Sylvester, GA, may yet be brought against the owner, ConAgra Foods Inc. Citing a ConAgra report, the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Tuesday disclosed that the company and the U.S. Department of Justice are in ongoing discussions regarding the investigation. “We are pursuing a… Continue Reading

Listeria Moved In, Stayed for Years at Now-Closed NYC Seafood-Processing Facility

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A federal judge shut down a Listeria-plagued fish-processing facility in Brooklyn, NY, on Monday. U.S. District Court Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf was not persuaded by the changing company names, players, or even their last-minute appeals to introduce new evidence. She signed a permanent injunction, closing the troubled Chester Street seafood-processing facility. It was a big… Continue Reading

Meat Industry Loses Attempt to Block Country-of-Origin Labeling

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia is allowing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) of the born, raised and slaughtered production step on meat to continue. COOL took effect last year, but the meat industry had tried to block the rule. Today, the court denied a preliminary injunction against enforcing COOL and… Continue Reading

Second Auction for Sunland Plant Brings In Almost $6 Million More for Creditors

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Sunland Inc.’s peanut-processing plant at Portales, NM, has been sold to Canada’s Golden Boy Foods, a move that could restart a facility closed after a 2012 Salmonella outbreak that sickened 46 people in 20 states. Golden Boy’s winning bid came Wednesday at the second court-ordered auction held in the past week to dispose of Sunland’s… Continue Reading