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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

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

Sentencing Process Resumes for PCA Defendants

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Requests to put more time on the clock may not be over, but Pre-Sentence Investigation Reports (PSIRs) have now been filed for all five defendants convicted in the federal government’s case against Peanut Corporation of America, and some are under deadline for appeals. PSIRs are confidential documents prepared by Probation and Pretrial Services, a unit… Continue Reading

Defense Wants Indefinite Continuance for PCA Pre-Sentence Report Objections

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The Pre-Sentence Investigative Report (PSIR) for Stewart Parnell has been submitted to the court — ordinarily a sign that sentencing in a federal criminal case is drawing near — but apparently not in this case. Before PSIRs for Michael Parnell and Mary Wilkerson were readied, attorneys for all three defendants in the Peanut Corporation of… Continue Reading

DOJ Food-Safety Enforcement Role to Continue in 2015

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When producers of such staple foods as beef, eggs, and peanut butter found they were the targets of federal criminal prosecution, it became a top food-safety story of 2014. But is it likely that food-safety enforcement will continue to rely on these U.S. Department of Justice-led (DOJ) criminal cases in 2015? You can bet on… Continue Reading

The Human Face of the PCA Salmonella Outbreak

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(Editor’s note: These are short profiles of victims of the 2008-09 Salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corporation of America products. The jury in the PCA criminal trial is due to resume its deliberations on Thursday morning in Albany, GA.) Shirley Almer Shirley Almer resided in Brainerd, MN. She owned a family bowling alley in Wadena,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: And Now, We Wait

Opinion

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It is now in the hands of the jury. In 2009, the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) peanut plant was found to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak blamed for the deaths of nine Americans and the sicknesses of 714 more — many of them my clients. Former PCA owner Stewart Parnell and his… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week One of the PCA Trial

Opinion

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After setting the scene last week for the criminal trial of three former executives of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), I am beginning a series of weekly comments as the event goes forward. These are not meant to be hard opinion pieces, just some analysis and commentary offered as the products of close… Continue Reading

Jury Chosen in PCA Trial; Opening Arguments Begin Today

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A 12-member jury and six alternates — 10 men and eight women in all — were selected Thursday in the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Opening arguments will begin Friday from government prosecutors and defense attorneys for former… Continue Reading

PCA Jury Being Picked Today From 52 Remaining Prospects

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After three days of work to select a jury for the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives, the final 52 prospective jurors will return this morning for “the striking process.” U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands hopes to have a 12-member jury and four alternates selected today so the… Continue Reading