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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

11th Circuit sets date for arguments in PCA criminal appeals

Oral arguments for the appeals of Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell and Mary Wilkerson are set for the week of Nov. 6, according to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The trio, once associated with the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), is appealing their jury convictions and sentences for their roles contributing to a Salmonella… Continue Reading

Appeals court will hear oral arguments in PCA criminal case

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta will hear oral arguments in the appeals of the criminal convictions and sentences of Peanut Corporation of America’s imprisoned executives. Attorneys for both the government and the defendants — former PCA chief executive Stewart Parnell, his peanut broker brother Michael Parnell, and quality control manager Mary Wilkerson… Continue Reading

Appellate judges won’t release Wilkerson while awaiting appeal

The extended visiting hours for Memorial Day weekend at Federal Correction Institution (FCI) Marianna probably won’t be much consolidation for 43-year-old Mary Wilkerson, who was denied in her second request for release on bail. She remains incarcerated at the western Florida panhandle federal prison. It’s about an hour from Wilkerson’s home in South Georgia. Circuit Judges… Continue Reading

Wilkerson seeks release on bail as Lightsey gains his freedom

Crimes and consequences in cases of peanut executives and deadly Salmonella outbreak

Samuel Lightsey, the one-time operations manager for the Peanut Corporation of America’s processing plant in Blakely, GA, is out of prison with a new job at a company equipping the peanut industry. Another key figure in the PCA Salmonella saga, 43-year-old Mary Wilkerson, wants to be released from prison pending the outcome of her appeal,… Continue Reading

‘Fry them’ comments in jury room could get Parnells a new trial

Defense lawyers for executives in peanut butter Salmonella trial say jurors had loose lips

The conduct of the 2014 jury that convicted Peanut Corporation of America executives delayed sentencing for about year, but in its final analysis the district court found a new trial based on jury misconduct was not warranted. Appellate attorneys for peanut broker Michael Parnell filed lengthy after-hours arguments Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

First of PCA convicted executives begins prison release process

Samuel Lightsey, 52, the former manager of the now defunct Peanut Corporation of America processing plant in Blakely, GA, has moved into a Residential Re-entry Management facility in Atlanta a step toward his release from federal prison scheduled for Oct. 1. Lightsey received the lightest prison sentence among the five eanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives and managers… Continue Reading

Government responds to defense issues in PCA appeal

Prosecution and defense attorneys in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case have found something they can agree upon. Both sides now say the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta needs to hear oral arguments before deciding if the District Court made any errors that should result in reversing the verdicts and/or the… Continue Reading

Parnell-Wilkerson appeal sends feds scrambling for more time

While he is not conceding anything to the appellants, the attorney who’s been assigned to represent the government on the Peanut Corporation of America criminal appeals says he needs more time. John-Alex Romano, the attorney from the Department of Justice’s appellate section for the criminal division, has asked for 60 additional days to prepare and… Continue Reading

Two tankers going to Kellogg were also part of PCA story

Everybody knows about Peanut Corporation of America, the company that eight years ago was at the center of a nationwide salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands and ended up killing nine. But how many know about P.P. Sales Inc.? It was the startup peanut brokerage firm that was incorporated and based in Virginia. Vice President of… Continue Reading