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Stewart Parnell gets new appellate attorney; seeks more time

 Ringer — A person who is highly proficient at a skill or a venue brought in to supplement the team. There is no doubt Atlanta attorney Amy Weil is highly proficient in the very exclusive venue of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. Both as chief of the Appeals Division for the… Continue Reading

Woman draws jail sentence for contaminating chicken in 2016

Faye Slye, a 37-year old Cold Spring, MN, woman, was sentenced to 90 days in the Stearns County Jail after being convicted of two felony counts of causing damage to property in the first degree. She also has to pay $200,000 in restitution to GNP Company, which in June 2016 had to recall almost 28… Continue Reading

Egg man starts 3-month term as ‘responsible corporate official’

DeCoster's sentence begins 7 years after Salmonella outbreak that sickened up to 56,000 in U.S.

On Thanksgiving eve, 83-year-old Austin “Jack” DeCoster surrendered to federal prison authorities in Massachusetts, about 40 miles west of Boston. DeCoster traveled from his home in Turner, ME, about 170 miles north of the “administratively secure” Federal Medical Center – Devens (FMC Devens), a unit of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The man who was once… Continue Reading

Criminal conviction tops USDA quarterly enforcement report

Gilberto De Armas, the owner of Rubio’s Ranch in Miami, was sentenced to six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to one felony count of selling uninspected and adulterated meat. He must also pay $ 600 in fines and special assessments and serve three years’ probation. De Armas’ conviction was the only criminal activity reported… Continue Reading

Canadian raw milk crusader serving 60 days — on weekends

Canada’s best known raw milk crusader, Ottawa’s Michael Schmidt, was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail after being found guilty of obstructing a peace officer. His conviction last month stemmed from an Oct. 2, 2015, incident at his Durham area farm when Schmidt and others confronted officers executing a valid search warrant. Schmidt’s confrontations… Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit grants extra time for PCA criminal appeals

Appellate attorneys for Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell, and his former employee Mary Wilkerson and government prosecutors will get an unusual 40 minutes for their oral arguments before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday in Atlanta. Fifteen minutes for each presentation is usually the time limit for oral arguments before the appellate court…. Continue Reading

Convicted PCA execs want more time for appeal oral arguments

In two weeks, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta will turn its attention to the criminal appeals of Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell and his former employee Mary Wilkerson. The trio was convicted by a federal jury in Albany, GA, in 2014 and sentenced a year later for their roles in the sale of… Continue Reading

Oral arguments next month in peanut butter criminals’ appeals

The last time criminal case activity involving Peanut Corporation of America took place in an actual courtroom was almost two years ago. That was for the restitution hearing in relation to Salmonella-contaminated food that killed nine and sickened thousands. The restitution hearing for the company officials was the final action in the case in U.S. District Court in Albany,… Continue Reading