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Government Wants to Keep Argument Going Over Parnell’s Expert Witness


Knowledge is a powerful thing, especially where it comes into play in a federal criminal case. A new dispute has erupted between government and defense lawyers in the pre-trial proceedings involving former Peanut Corporation of America chief executive Stewart Parnell’s all-over knowledge. Government prosecutors say Parnell’s defense attorneys have misstated the law regarding whether knowledge… Continue Reading

Parnell Attorney: Jury Will Consider ‘Two Factual Contexts’ if ADHD Expert Testifies


If Dr. Joseph C. Conley, Jr., is allowed to testify as an expert witness in this summer’s planned criminal trial of former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives, Stewart Parnell’s attorneys say it could help win an acquittal for their client. Conley is the clinical neuropsychologist who diagnosed Parnell, former chief executive officer of the… Continue Reading

Second Defense Attorney Wants Out of Hearing Over Whether Stewart Parnell Might Have ‘ADHD’


A lawyer for a second defendant in the fraud and conspiracy case against four Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives wants permission to skip the March 13 “Daubert” hearing in U.S. District Court in Albany, GA. Four defendants, including brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell and two former PCA managers, are scheduled to go on trial… Continue Reading

The Food Safety News Top 10 News Stories of 2013

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Editor’s Note: Each year, the writers and editors of Food Safety News pick the top 10 news stories based on the story’s overall importance within the food safety community. This year, we’ve added a separate listing of the top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks, as compiled by managing editor James Andrews and published on Dec. 27…. Continue Reading

Peanut Corporation Criminal Trial Delayed Until Summer 2014

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The trials for former Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell and three others have been pushed back from February 2014 to sometime in July or August, according to court documents released Wednesday. This is the second time the trial has been delayed, after first being pushed from October 2013 to February 2014, already more… Continue Reading

Federal Prosecutors May Want Their Own Psychoanalysis on Parnell

Last month, attorneys for Stewart Parnell said that the former Peanut Corporation of America CEO did not have the mental capacity to intentionally commit multiple felonies, including wire fraud and conspiracy, because he suffers from attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Now, in a motion filed Dec. 4, federal prosecutors say that if Parnell’s attorneys are… Continue Reading

Former PCA Manager Running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner


Kenneth Kendrick, whose warnings went unheeded about the potential for contamination at peanut processing plants in Plainview, TX, and Portales, NM, has filed papers to become the Texas Green Party candidate for Agriculture Commissioner for the Lone Star State. Kendrick once worked for the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America, which ran a peanut processing plant… Continue Reading

Government Will Call Numerous Expert Witnesses in PCA Criminal Trial

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In advance of a Dec. 6 pre-trial hearing, U.S. Department of Justice attorneys have disclosed a list of expert witnesses they plan to call when four former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives go on trial early next year. The list is part of the government’s response to various discovery motions by PCA’s former quality… Continue Reading

Attorney: ADHD Diagnosis Means Former PCA CEO Didn’t Have Knowledge to Commit Crimes


Six months into his indictment on multiple federal felony counts for his alleged role in criminal fraud and conspiracy involving contaminated peanut butter, Stewart Parnell had his head examined. And the resulting Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis means, according to his attorney, that “the tragic events at PCA (Peanut Corporation of America) were not… Continue Reading

Federal Judge Sets Dec. 6 for Motion Hearing in PCA Case

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When a federal criminal case involves allegations of fraud and conspiracy and gets officially designated as “complex” with four defendants and one dozen attorneys involved, it is not surprising that pre-trial motions would pile up like cordwood before a long winter. With the trial of four former Peanut Corporation of America executives set to begin… Continue Reading