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Judge’s Ruling: ADHD ‘Expert’ Cannot Testify at PCA Trial

The testimony of a Virginia neuropsychologist who says the former president and CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is inadmissible, and he will be excluded as an expert witness at trial. Ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands said that the testimony of Dr…. Continue Reading

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

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

Expert Witness: Parnell’s ADHD Diagnosis ‘Not the Product of Reliable Principles and Methods’

Dueling experts kept the seat in a Georgia witness box warm for the better part of seven hours Thursday over the likelihood of Stewart Parnell having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. Parnell, the former chief executive officer for the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), was present with his wife and two daughters in… Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell in Federal Court Today With His ‘ADHD Expert’

Federal Judge W. Louis Sands will hear testimony today in his Albany, GA, courtroom on whether an expert witness should be allowed to testify later this summer that Stewart Parnell suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Parnell, former chief executive officer of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America, is scheduled to be tried with… Continue Reading

Attorney: ADHD Diagnosis Means Former PCA CEO Didn’t Have Knowledge to Commit Crimes

Six months into his indictment on multiple federal felony counts for his alleged role in criminal fraud and conspiracy involving contaminated peanut butter, Stewart Parnell had his head examined. And the resulting Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis means, according to his attorney, that “the tragic events at PCA (Peanut Corporation of America) were not… Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell Wants Jury to Hear He’s Got ADHD

Government attorneys want to block Stewart Parnell from using his potential Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis as a defense in the upcoming criminal trial over 76 federal felony charges. K. Alan Dasher, assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, is asking for a “Daubert” hearing over the introduction at trial of a “neuropsychological… Continue Reading

EU Places Warning Labels on Foods Containing Dyes

As of Tuesday in the European Union, most foods containing artificial food dyes are required to sport a warning label. These labels declare that the labeled food, “may have an adverse effect on activity and attention in children.” Food Safety News reported on a study released by the Center For Science in the Public Interest… Continue Reading

Study Links ADHD and Produce Pesticides

A new study suggests that exposure to high levels of organophosphate pesticides, which are commonly used on fruits and vegetables, can lead to a higher rate of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. The study, published yesterday in Pediatrics journal, analyzed the levels of pesticide residue in the urine of 1,100 children ages eight to… Continue Reading