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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

Jury Verdicts: Guilty, Guilty, and Guilty in PCA Criminal Trial

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Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his brother and one-time peanut broker, Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson, former quality control manager at the company’s Blakely, GA, plant, were all found guilty today by a federal jury in Albany, GA. Sentencing will come later. Announcement of the jury verdicts brought an emotional outburst from… Continue Reading

Jury in PCA Criminal Trial Continues Deliberations Today

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The jury in Albany, GA, ended its first full day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict in the trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives who face a total of 111 federal felony charges. The jury returns today to continue its work of deciding whether former PCA owner Stewart Parnell,… Continue Reading

The Human Face of the PCA Salmonella Outbreak

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(Editor’s note: These are short profiles of victims of the 2008-09 Salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corporation of America products. The jury in the PCA criminal trial is due to resume its deliberations on Thursday morning in Albany, GA.) Shirley Almer Shirley Almer resided in Brainerd, MN. She owned a family bowling alley in Wadena,… Continue Reading

Judge: Subpoenas of PCA’s Past Lawyers Now ‘Potentially Moot’

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With jury deliberations on a break until Thursday morning, one set of defense attorneys involved in the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives appear certain of victory. These are defense attorneys the jury has never seen since they are former PCA business lawyers who, behind the scenes in the trial,… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Seven of the PCA Trial

Opinion

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Anyone involved in a big trial, even as a casual observer, probably feels a little unsettled when the case goes to the jury as we are all just left sitting around and waiting. We don’t wait well. But now, in the federal criminal trial in Albany, GA, we wait. The case involving those three former… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: And Now, We Wait

Opinion

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It is now in the hands of the jury. In 2009, the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) peanut plant was found to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak blamed for the deaths of nine Americans and the sicknesses of 714 more — many of them my clients. Former PCA owner Stewart Parnell and his… Continue Reading

Defense Attorneys in PCA Criminal Case to Give Closing Arguments Today

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After testimony from 45 witnesses, the often-tedious introduction of 1,000 pages of documents, and difficulty getting some evidence, the prosecuting attorney decided to end on the 32nd day of the trial where it began — with Stewart Parnell’s emails. In closing arguments to the 12-member jury, K. Alan Dasher, assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle… Continue Reading