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Judge Must Decide: Does CDC Status Qualify Someone as an ‘Expert Witness’?

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A “Daubert” hearing for Dr. Ian Williams, chief of the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was held Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Albany, GA. The hearing, which lasted less than two hours, was held to decide if Williams, one of the Atlanta-based CDC’s top… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Five of the PCA Trial

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This past week at the federal criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives was marked by at least two events. First, away from the jury, a dispute between the government and former corporate lawyers for PCA was teed up for Judge W. Louis Sands. It is now hanging there for a… Continue Reading

PCA’s Former Operations Manager Testifies in Ongoing Criminal Trial

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Daniel W. Kilgore, operations manager for Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) from June 2002 to May 2008 at Blakely, GA, is now testifying in the federal criminal trial in Albany, GA. He is likely to go down as the government’s star witness against the trio of former PCA managers, who today are in the 23rd… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Four of the PCA Trial

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How should we read the tea leaves in the latest order from U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands about an issue that might impact the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives? We’ve been using this Sunday space to comment during the course of the federal trial on how things… Continue Reading

PCA’s Former Lawyers Aren’t Willing to Help Out Federal Prosecutors

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Away from the jury in the criminal case against three former Peanut Corporations of America (PCA) executives, federal Judge W. Louis Sands is soon going to have to decide if he’s going to let government prosecutors go through documents held by PCA’s former lawyers. It’s a legal dispute brought on the eve of the trial… Continue Reading

PCA’s Former Plant Manager Cross-Examined by Defense Team

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Samuel Lightsey, the former Peanut Corporation of American (PCA) plant manager with the government plea deal, spent more than six days on the witness stand answering every question put to him by prosecutors. On Tuesday, defense attorneys for the three former PCA executives on trial for a total of 71 federal felonies got their chance… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Three of the PCA Trial

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Shortly after I relocated to Colorado for sunshine and dry snow a decade ago, I found myself swept up for jury duty. When it came time for “we, the jury” to decide whether or not the defendant was guilty as charged on several state felony counts, the court gave us “cheat sheets” to guide our… Continue Reading

In the Dark: Witness Says Kellogg’s Didn’t Know What it was Getting From PCA

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Kellogg’s of Battle Creek believed it was getting what it had ordered from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). It wanted only domestic peanuts free of Salmonella contamination, period. But each time a tanker truck with a 40,000-pound load left PCA’s Blakely, GA, peanut processing plant, Kellogg’s was getting something else entirely. The big tanker trucks were… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Two of the PCA Trial

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About a year after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to liquidate the company, all the assets of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) were under the control of the bankruptcy court trustee. I managed to attach myself to one of the plaintiff lawyer teams that was allowed into the PCA peanut processing plant at Blakely,… Continue Reading

Ex-PCA Plant Manager Testifies Against His Former Associates

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The former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) plant manager at Blakely, GA, told a federal criminal jury on Friday that PCA owner and chief executive Stewart Parnell ordered him to ship peanut products that tested positive for Salmonella. Samuel Lightsey also said that peanut broker Michael Parnell, Stewart Parnell’s brother, told him not to worry… Continue Reading