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


Mary Wilkerson’s motion to have charges against her dismissed before the scheduled July 28 start of the trial of former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives has both the clock and the government running against it. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands let Wednesday pass without taking any action on her motion. Only today… Continue Reading

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


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’


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


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


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


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

Judge Clears Testing Records and Illness Testimony for PCA Trial


Another pre-trial hearing in the criminal case involving former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives — this one over possible misconduct by the prosecution — will be held Friday at 10 a.m. On Monday, Judge W. Louis Sands ruled on the other pre-trial motions that were heard June 24 in the U.S. District Court for the… Continue Reading

Defense Attorneys for Former PCA Executives Allege Government Misconduct


Defense attorneys in the criminal prosecution of former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives are charging that the document dumps they’ve been receiving from prosecutors lately amount to government misconduct. With only one week to go before jury selection is supposed to begin in the fraud and conspiracy case against the former PCA executives, the… Continue Reading

Criminal Trial of Former Peanut Company Executives Might Take Two Months or More


For next month’s criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives, U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands is letting prospective jurors know that their services might be required for eight weeks or longer. Because of the likely length of the trial scheduled to begin July 14, Sands says the federal court… Continue Reading

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