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


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


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


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


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


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

Wilkerson Wants to Remain Free During Appeal; Ordered to Report Nov. 3


Only a quick motion for release on bond pending appeal can keep Mary Wilkerson from having to report to a federal women’s prison on Nov. 3, now less than two weeks away. Her attorney filed such a motion with the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Oct. 14, and yesterday Assistant U.S…. Continue Reading

ICYMI: Last PCA Sentences, Animal Antibiotics, Contaminated Cukes


In case you missed it, here are some of the top food safety stories from last week: PCA Sentencing: The final two defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America case, Daniel Kilgore and Samuel Lightsey, were sentenced Thursday, Oct. 1, in Albany, GA, to six and three years in prison, respectively. The two men made… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Stiff, Cold Wind


Marler and Parnell at congressional hearing

A week ago last Monday, I was sitting in a bar in the Boston airport across the gate from my delayed flight (I would eventually get home a day late) monitoring tweets and texts for the outcome of the sentencing of Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell, and their “food safety” director Mary Wilkerson, which… Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell Could Be Sent to ‘Crown Jewel’ of the Federal Prison System


When Bernie Madoff of Ponzi scheme fame was sent to prison for life in 2009, he drew an assignment to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex about 45 minutes northeast of Durham, NC. At the time, the press called Butner the “crown jewel” of the federal prison system. Judge W. Louis Sands, who sentenced Stewart Parnell to… Continue Reading

Last Two PCA Sentences Are In: Kilgore Gets 6 Years; Lightsey, 3


The final two sentences have been handed down in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case. Former plant managers Samuel Lightsey and Daniel Kilgore were sentenced on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, to three and six years in federal prison, respectively, by U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands. Both Lightsey and Kilgore became government… Continue Reading