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Defense Wants Indefinite Continuance for PCA Pre-Sentence Report Objections

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The Pre-Sentence Investigative Report (PSIR) for Stewart Parnell has been submitted to the court — ordinarily a sign that sentencing in a federal criminal case is drawing near — but apparently not in this case. Before PSIRs for Michael Parnell and Mary Wilkerson were readied, attorneys for all three defendants in the Peanut Corporation of… Continue Reading

DOJ Food-Safety Enforcement Role to Continue in 2015

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When producers of such staple foods as beef, eggs, and peanut butter found they were the targets of federal criminal prosecution, it became a top food-safety story of 2014. But is it likely that food-safety enforcement will continue to rely on these U.S. Department of Justice-led (DOJ) criminal cases in 2015? You can bet on… Continue Reading

The Top 10 Food-Safety News Stories of 2014

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The top 10 food-safety news stories for 2014, as chosen for the sixth consecutive year by the editors of Food Safety News, were announced today. According to the Internet news site, here are this year’s most important food-safety stories: 1. The U.S. Department of Justice backs up federal food-safety agencies, including USDA and FDA, with unprecedented… Continue Reading

Prosecutors Says Inconsistencies Among Verdicts Aren’t Grounds for Acquitting Michael Parnell

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Government attorneys have asked U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands to deny Michael Parnell’s motion for acquittal on the charges for which a jury found him guilty after a nearly eight-week trial. In its first response to post-trial motions made by all three defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) case, the prosecution… Continue Reading

PCA Post-Trial Events Turn Secretive, But Potential Appeal Arguments Emerge

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In the 75 weeks between the indictment and the start of the trial, and during the eight-week jury trial, the criminal cases against former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives have largely played out in public. But since the jury handed down guilty verdicts a month ago, many of the orders, motions, and documents filed… Continue Reading

Parnell Brothers Want New Trial

Defense claims jury considered 'extrinsic evidence'

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Stewart and Michael Parnell have joined in a motion for a new trial filed by defense attorney Thomas J. Bondurant Jr. The motion is sealed, but it references two affidavits, one by a juror and the other by Dallas Carter, a local writer. Contents of the affidavits also have not been made public, as they are… Continue Reading

PCA Defendant Asks Judge to Overturn Obstruction Conviction

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Acquitted by a jury on one count of obstruction of justice but convicted on the other, Mary Wilkerson now wants the judge to enter a not-guilty judgment on that charge, too. Wilkerson is the former quality control manager for Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). She was convicted last month after a seven-week criminal trial in… Continue Reading

Parnell Brothers Post Bond, Released Until Sentencing

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Stewart and Michael Parnell posted secured bonds on Monday morning to obtain their release until sentencing, according to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The bonds, $150,000 for Stewart Parnell, 60, and $100,000 for Michael Parnell, 55, were both secured by cash deposited with the court. With the bonds, the brothers… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Eight of the PCA Trial

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Two months ago, at the start of the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America executives, we decided to use this Sunday space to comment on the comings and goings in the federal courtroom in Albany, GA. We’ll wrap that up now. If you still need to catch the verdicts and outcomes, go… Continue Reading

Parnell Brothers Taken Into Custody After Convictions

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On Friday, U.S. marshals escorted brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell from the C.B. King U.S. Courthouse in downtown Albany, GA, to the Crisp County Jail in Cordele, GA, where they spent their first night in prison. The two men will likely remain in the lockup until at least Monday, when they might be able to… Continue Reading