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Federal Judge in Boise Strikes Down Idaho’s New ‘Ag-Gag’ Law

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Idaho’s new “ag-gag” law is unconstitutional, U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled on Monday. A spokesman for Idaho’s attorney general said the state has not decided if it will appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Idaho’s is the first “ag-gag” statute to be… Continue Reading

Iowa Federal Judge Orders Halal Food Exporter Detained Until Sentencing

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His attorneys are trying to get him a new trial, but after being convicted by a jury July 13 on 15 federal felony counts, William B. Aossey Jr. was locked up. A new detention order means that he’ll remain locked up until sentencing. Aossey was found to be too much of a flight risk to… Continue Reading

DOJ Seeks Criminal Contempt Sanctions Against MT Supplements Seller

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On one of his websites, Toby McAdam, 57, is letting prospective customers know that he cannot sell his dietary supplements until he works out a labeling issue with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But, on Wednesday, the consumer affairs arm of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it is pursuing criminal contempt sanctions… Continue Reading

U.S. Probation Office: Stewart Parnell Should Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison

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Stewart Parnell should be sentenced to life in prison, Michael Parnell to 17.5-21.8 years in prison, and Mary Wilkerson to 8-10 years in prison, according to recommendations from the U.S. Probation Office. U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys say those recommendations have been “correctly calculated.” Speaking for Stewart Parnell’s defense team, Atlanta attorney Ken Hodges called… Continue Reading

DeCosters Cite 2010 Performance to Help Keep Them Out of Jail

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As part of a campaign to keep their clients from serving any prison time, appellate attorneys for Austin (“Jack”) and Peter DeCoster are depicting the roles the former egg producers played in the 2010 Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak as marked by corporate responsibility and cooperation. The picture being painted stands in sharp contrast with the media… Continue Reading

Federal Judge to Sentence Parnell Brothers and Wilkerson on Sept. 21

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One year and two days after a federal jury found them guilty, three defendants associated with the most deadly and expensive foodborne disease outbreak to occur so far this century will be sentenced in a courtroom in Albany, GA. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands, who has presided over the criminal proceedings since the… Continue Reading

Money Lost By Others Delays Sentencing in Rancho Beef Case

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Sentencing four defendants in a scheme to slaughter cattle with cancerous eyes and sell the meat for human consumption is going to take longer than expected. The U.S. District Court for Northern California has rescheduled the sentencing of Jesse J. Amaral Jr. to Sept. 2, 2015, while the sentencing of Eugene D. Corda, Felix Sandoval… Continue Reading

Confusion Over Lawyers Marks Start of First Halal Trial in Iowa

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As the federal trial gets underway today in Cedar Falls, IA, the religious card is not really being played, but it is clearly in the deck. And one of the South’s more prominent agriculture and food attorneys is joining the defense team for William B. Aossey Jr. In response to Aossey’s fourth motion to dismiss… Continue Reading

Restitution Phase of PCA Criminal Case Starts With Bankruptcy History

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ALBANY, GA—Defense attorneys in the restitution phase of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal prosecution focused in Wednesday on a 2009 claims adjustment agreement that a bankruptcy court used to disperse $12.75 million to 122 victims of the PCA-caused Salmonella outbreak. E. Scott Austin, representing former PCA owner and chief executive Stewart Parnell, suggested… Continue Reading

Deaths Linked to PCA Peanut Butter May Finally Be Talked About in Open Court

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ALBANY, GA—United States of America v. Stewart Parnell et al began 346 weeks ago when food safety cops on the beat first identified an unusual multistate cluster of Salmonella Typhimurium. It would become the most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness experienced in the 21st century so far and among the top 10 of the modern… Continue Reading