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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

Letter From the Editor: Justice and Peanuts

Opinion

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Tomorrow is the beginning of another chapter in the South’s history of justice and peanuts. It is the start of the trial of former Peanut Corporation of American (PCA) executive Stewart Parnell. The fitting background for the event will be the C.B. King U.S. Courthouse in Albany, GA. C.B. King was once the only African-American attorney… Continue Reading

Time is Short for PCA Pre-Trial Motion Since Jury Selection Begins Monday

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UPDATE:  In a ruling from the bench that came after a one hour and 13 minute hearing Friday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands denied defendant Mary Wilkerson’s motion to have all charges agains her dismissed.   Her trial of with two other former former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives will begin… Continue Reading

PCA Case: Wilkerson’s Attorney Moves for Dismissal or Separate Trials

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When he speaks in court, Albany, GA, defense attorney Thomas G. Ledford is the epitome of the Southern gentleman lawyer. His client in the Peanut Corporation of America trial is Mary Wilkerson, who was the quality assurance officer for the PCA plant in Blakely, GA, which is about one hour away from the C.B. King… Continue Reading

Judge Orders Hearing to Determine if CDC Official Can be an ‘Expert Witness’

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UPDATE- Judge W. Louis Sands has cancelled tomorrow’s previously scheduled Daubert hearing for Dr. Ian Williams.   He did so after Thomas J. Bondurant, Jr., Stewart Parnell’s lead defense attorney asked to be excused from the hearing.   In an Order, Sands continued the hearing until further notice, adding “the matter is not as urgent… Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell’s Attorneys Want to Question Government’s Experts Before Trial

Government Food Safety Experts Could Face Challenge

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Defense attorneys for former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) president Stewart Parnell want the opportunity to challenge the expert testimony of eight potential prosecution witnesses before the delayed trial starts on July 28. Several of the U.S. government’s top food safety officials are among the witnesses being challenged. In a defense motion filed Monday, they… Continue Reading

Criminal Trial of Former PCA Executives Postponed Until July 28

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The trial of the three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives that was to begin Monday is being delayed two weeks to give defense attorneys more time to review late-arriving documents from prosecutors. Jury selection is now scheduled to begin July 28 for a trial likely to take about eight weeks. U.S. District Court… Continue Reading

Government: Document Delivery Time Shouldn’t Halt PCA Trial

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Ahead of today’s pre-trial hearing in the Peanut Corporation of American (PCA) criminal case, government attorneys took 20 pages to explain how they’ve done a good job of providing documents for the defense. However, the defense team today wants U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands to focus on the timing of the latest discovery… Continue Reading