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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

Federal Judge to Sentence Parnell Brothers and Wilkerson on Sept. 21

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One year and two days after a federal jury found them guilty, three defendants associated with the most deadly and expensive foodborne disease outbreak to occur so far this century will be sentenced in a courtroom in Albany, GA. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands, who has presided over the criminal proceedings since the… Continue Reading

Judge Admonishes Stewart Parnell’s Mother for Outburst

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ALBANY, GA—Stewart Parnell’s mother decided to use a courtroom break on Thursday to verbally confront a female FBI agent coming out of a stall in the women’s bathroom on the third floor of the C.B. King Courthouse in Albany, GA. The approach was not welcomed. The agent, who appeared to be unarmed, was present to… 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

Deaths Linked to PCA Peanut Butter May Finally Be Talked About in Open Court

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ALBANY, GA—United States of America v. Stewart Parnell et al began 346 weeks ago when food safety cops on the beat first identified an unusual multistate cluster of Salmonella Typhimurium. It would become the most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness experienced in the 21st century so far and among the top 10 of the modern… Continue Reading

Most Significant Criminal Food Safety Case Nears Conclusion

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Two days have been set aside this week to resolve remaining pre-sentence issues in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case being heard in federal court in Albany, GA. While this is the most significant criminal food safety case to ever be tried in the United States, it’s gone on so long that some people… Continue Reading

Unsealed Post-Trial Documents Lift Veil Over Past Eight Months

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The long-running food safety drama that is now the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case took another important turn last week when the convictions of Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson were upheld by the trial court judge. That was followed by federal Judge W. Louis Sands ordering all the parties back into… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: A Trial That Was Far More Than Good Enough

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No criminal trial is perfect. While it’s been difficult to wait for the past eight months, we are now confident that the trial of the United States of America v. Stewart Parnell et al was close enough to perfection to easily pass muster. Senior federal Judge W. Louis Sands used that extra time to do… Continue Reading

Convictions Upheld in Peanut Corporation of America Case

Lawyers for Parnell brothers plan to appeal

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Post-trial motions for acquittal, dismissal, or, in the alternative, a new trial filed by defendants Stewart Parnell, Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson have all been denied by U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands. As many as 14 motions, sealed until now, were settled by the judge’s ruling on Thursday, although defense attorneys for the… Continue Reading

FSMA Readiness: Accountability Starts at the Top, Just Like Sarbanes-Oxley

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As enforcement time nears for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), experts such as Repositrak’s Randy Fields are being heard making comparisons between FSMA and the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The first major revamp of federal food safety laws since 1938 and the most-far reaching reforms of business practices “since the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt”… Continue Reading