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Time is Short for PCA Pre-Trial Motion Since Jury Selection Begins Monday

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Mary Wilkerson’s motion to have charges against her dismissed before the scheduled July 28 start of the trial of former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives has both the clock and the government running against it. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands let Wednesday pass without taking any action on her motion. Only today… Continue Reading

Government: Document Delivery Time Shouldn’t Halt PCA Trial

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Ahead of today’s pre-trial hearing in the Peanut Corporation of American (PCA) criminal case, government attorneys took 20 pages to explain how they’ve done a good job of providing documents for the defense. However, the defense team today wants U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands to focus on the timing of the latest discovery… Continue Reading

Defense Attorneys for Former PCA Executives Allege Government Misconduct

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Defense attorneys in the criminal prosecution of former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives are charging that the document dumps they’ve been receiving from prosecutors lately amount to government misconduct. With only one week to go before jury selection is supposed to begin in the fraud and conspiracy case against the former PCA executives, the… Continue Reading

Criminal Trial of Former Peanut Company Executives Might Take Two Months or More

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For next month’s criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives, U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands is letting prospective jurors know that their services might be required for eight weeks or longer. Because of the likely length of the trial scheduled to begin July 14, Sands says the federal court… Continue Reading

Judge’s Ruling: ADHD ‘Expert’ Cannot Testify at PCA Trial

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The testimony of a Virginia neuropsychologist who says the former president and CEO of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is inadmissible, and he will be excluded as an expert witness at trial. Ruling Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands said that the testimony of Dr…. Continue Reading

Defense Erects Roadblocks to Documents From Former PCA Attorneys

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While other pre-trial issues will be heard today by U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands in Albany, GA, Stewart Parnell’s attorneys won’t agree to the hearing on the “potentially privileged documents” which the government wants to collect from former Peanut Corporation of American attorneys before the start of the scheduled July 14 jury trial…. Continue Reading

Parnell Defense: Government Can’t Prove Deadly Salmonella Came From PCA

Will 'Hamburger Defense' Work for Peanut Paste?

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Call it the hamburger defense. Attorneys for Stewart Parnell, the former Peanut Corporation of America president and chief executive officer, have hit upon a tried and true defense lifted straight from the meat industry. They claim there is no way to prove that a deadly pathogen came from their client’s specific product. In 20 years… Continue Reading

Defense Again Raises Possibility of Separate Trials for Parnell Brothers

Hearing Tuesday on Evidence and Experts

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In prosecuting the former executives of Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), government attorneys are going for convictions that, for the first time, could put defendants in a foodborne illness case behind prison bars. Rarely do food executives responsible for products causing sickness and death face criminal charges, and those who do seldom face real jail… Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell Email: ‘Lie About the Sales if it Saves us Money’

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Stewart Parnell may not have understood what Theodore Roosevelt meant when he said that every man “owes some of his time, money and efforts to the upbuilding of the profession to which he belongs.” Instead, when asked by his daughter, Grey Adams, the bookkeeper for Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), on June 30, 2008, about… Continue Reading

Judge OKs Use of ‘Highly Prejudicial’ Email at Stewart Parnell’s Upcoming Trial

Defense Objects to Top CDC Official As Expert Witness

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An email said to be “highly prejudicial” to defendant Stewart Parnell because of its potential to “taint the jury pool” may be unsealed at next month’s trial, U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sand has decided. In his ruling, the federal judge in Albany, GA, said Parnell had failed to show good cause for keeping… Continue Reading