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Appellants in PCA criminal case given more time to file briefs

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has set Oct. 5, 2016, as the deadline for appellants Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell and Mary Wilkerson, to file briefs. Originally they were due on June 20. The trio is appealing their convictions and sentences in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case that went to a jury trial in… Continue Reading

Beach Beat: The big picture is bleak for unsafe food companies

Opinion

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Federal Judge W. Louis Sands drew some harsh comments from Food Safety News readers in recent days for his ruling that corporate executives would not have to pay restitution to victims of a deadly Salmonella outbreak traced to peanut butter and related products. I confess, my initial reaction was similar to those readers who wondered why the judge was… Continue Reading

Bank gets Parnell house in foreclosure ahead of restitution ruling

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The house that once served as headquarters for Peanut Corporation of America is no longer owned by Stewart and Gloria Parnell. The five-bedroom house with four fireplaces site on five acres and has brick patios and walkways with wide planked Arkansas pine floors. It was acquired through foreclosure by American National Bank and Trust Co…. Continue Reading

Sands Offers PCA Defendants Hearings Before Imposing Restitution

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The trial court judge who only recently sent four defendants to federal prison for a total of 57 years is not quite through with them. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands this week let four of the five who were convicted in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case know, through their attorneys,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Time for More Criminal Prosecutions in Food Poisoning Cases?

Opinion

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It has been a busy past several weeks for public health investigators (and lawyers) and uncomfortable (and sometimes deadly) for food poisoning victims, as well as for the management of several companies. Here are just a few of the outbreaks hitting the news: Salmonella Cucumbers: As of Nov. 18, 2015, 838 people infected with the… Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell, Like His Brother, Wants to be Released on Appeal Bond

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The former president of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), Stewart Parnell, has embraced several of his brother’s issues on appeal and also asked to be released on bond until those appeals are decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In a 55-page filing on behalf of Stewart Parnell, Gentry Locke… Continue Reading

Attorney Makes New Arguments to Try and Free Michael Parnell

Former peanut broker is appealing 20-year sentence

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Joseph R. Pope, an appellate attorney from Williams Mullen in Richmond, VA, says he can be in Atlanta on any day for the rest of this year to make oral arguments for the release of Michael Parnell while his client’s appeal is heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. If the… Continue Reading

All Five Convicted Former PCA Managers Now in Federal Custody

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All five people convicted in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case are now in federal custody. Samuel Lightsey and Daniel Kilgore, the former plant manager and former operations manager, respectively, for PCA’s ill-fated peanut processing facility at Blakely, GA, have voluntarily surrendered to their assigned federal prisons. Peanut butter and peanut paste from… Continue Reading

Wilkerson Surrenders to Women’s Minimum-Security Prison in Florida

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Mary Wilkerson, the former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) quality assurance manager whom a jury found had lied to federal food safety investigators, surrendered Tuesday to a federal correctional institution in Marianna, FL. The 42-year-old mother of two from Edison, GA, has begun a five-year prison term at FCI Marianna, which the U.S. Bureau of Prisons… Continue Reading

Atlanta Court Denies Wilkerson’s Motion for Release Pending Appeal

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Mary Wilkerson will begin her five years of imprisonment on Nov. 3 as the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday denied her motion for release while she appeals her conviction for obstruction of justice. The court’s one-line order merely denies Wilkerson’s motion filed Oct. 8, and it states that any request to have the… Continue Reading