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Lung cancer and a brain tumor didn’t kill my mother — Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter did. My friends and family mourned her passing, but we resolved to try to fix the system that ultimately allowed irresponsible food manufacturers to ship tainted peanut products nationwide, sickening more than 700 people and killing nine. In February 2009, I testified… Continue Reading

Conspiracy Theories Bloom as Sentencing Nears in PCA Case


Somewhat competitive conspiracy theories are working their way into the final days of the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case nearing final sentencing on Sept. 21. Mary Wilkerson’s public defender is spinning the conspiracies in support of new motions to dismiss the guilty jury verdict his client received in September 2014 for obstruction of justice. (Wilkerson had worked in PCA’s front… Continue Reading

Harsher Sentences Remain Possible in PCA Criminal Case


Harsher sentences could be imposed in three weeks if the trial judge in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case decides that the defendants were conscious, or accepting, of reckless risk of death or bodily injury in committing the crimes they stand convicted of by a jury. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands… Continue Reading

Wilkerson’s Court-Appointed Attorney Keeps Fighting for His Client

Thomas Ledford

In the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case, brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell are the former executives. Stewart was PCA’s chief executive officer and Michael brokered peanuts to the company. Mary Wilkerson was the quality control manager who moved up from a receptionist position. The former PCA junior management employee was convicted by a jury… Continue Reading

Government Wants PCA Victims to Testify at Sept. 21 Sentencing


The federal government “intends to put on live victim’s testimony and to refer to victim impact statements” next month when defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case are sentenced in federal court in Albany, GA. “This evidence will make plain the severe hardships that the victims of the Defendants’ conduct suffered,” attorneys… Continue Reading

U.S. Probation Office: Stewart Parnell Should Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison


Stewart Parnell should be sentenced to life in prison, Michael Parnell to 17.5-21.8 years in prison, and Mary Wilkerson to 8-10 years in prison, according to recommendations from the U.S. Probation Office. U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys say those recommendations have been “correctly calculated.” Speaking for Stewart Parnell’s defense team, Atlanta attorney Ken Hodges called… Continue Reading

Federal Judge to Sentence Parnell Brothers and Wilkerson on Sept. 21


One year and two days after a federal jury found them guilty, three defendants associated with the most deadly and expensive foodborne disease outbreak to occur so far this century will be sentenced in a courtroom in Albany, GA. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands, who has presided over the criminal proceedings since the… Continue Reading

Judge Admonishes Stewart Parnell’s Mother for Outburst


ALBANY, GA—Stewart Parnell’s mother decided to use a courtroom break on Thursday to verbally confront a female FBI agent coming out of a stall in the women’s bathroom on the third floor of the C.B. King Courthouse in Albany, GA. The approach was not welcomed. The agent, who appeared to be unarmed, was present to… Continue Reading

Restitution Phase of PCA Criminal Case Starts With Bankruptcy History


ALBANY, GA—Defense attorneys in the restitution phase of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal prosecution focused in Wednesday on a 2009 claims adjustment agreement that a bankruptcy court used to disperse $12.75 million to 122 victims of the PCA-caused Salmonella outbreak. E. Scott Austin, representing former PCA owner and chief executive Stewart Parnell, suggested… Continue Reading

Deaths Linked to PCA Peanut Butter May Finally Be Talked About in Open Court


ALBANY, GA—United States of America v. Stewart Parnell et al began 346 weeks ago when food safety cops on the beat first identified an unusual multistate cluster of Salmonella Typhimurium. It would become the most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness experienced in the 21st century so far and among the top 10 of the modern… Continue Reading