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Egg man starts 3-month term as ‘responsible corporate official’

DeCoster's sentence begins 7 years after Salmonella outbreak that sickened up to 56,000 in U.S.

On Thanksgiving eve, 83-year-old Austin “Jack” DeCoster surrendered to federal prison authorities in Massachusetts, about 40 miles west of Boston. DeCoster traveled from his home in Turner, ME, about 170 miles north of the “administratively secure” Federal Medical Center – Devens (FMC Devens), a unit of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). The man who was once… Continue Reading

Peter DeCoster gets out of federal hospital prison on Monday

His father must serve 90 days for role in 2010 egg Salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands

Peter DeCoster, the 54-year old son of the one-time egg baron Austin “Jack” DeCoster, is set to be released Monday from the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN, a facility operated by the federal Bureau of Prisons. DeCoster served 90 days in federal custody. Now its his 83-year-old father’s turn to surrender himself to serve his own three-month… Continue Reading

Peter DeCoster in federal prison hospital in Minnesota

Peter DeCoster has been  incarcerated in the Federal Medical Center (FMC) at Rochester, MN. FMC Rochester is a federal prison for male inmates requiring specialized or long-term medical or mental health care. As an administrative facility of the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), it holds inmates of all security classifications. DeCoster, 54, was sentenced to… Continue Reading

DeCosters must surrender; egg men finally to serve their time

To all the names people have called Austin “Jack” DeCoster — “habitual offender,” “bad egg,” “authoritarian” and “notorious” are among those often mentioned — add one more: “inmate.” After  losing at the federal appellate court level and being unable to obtain sentencing review by the U.S. Supreme Court, the man who once may have been America’s… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Supreme Court weighs in without a word

High court declines to hear appeals of egg men in cases related to 2010 Salmonella outbreak

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I can hear a bit of silence in the board rooms of America. Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeals of Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. In April 2015 U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett sentenced the DeCosters to prison, saying they knew or should have known about the… Continue Reading

DeCosters gain another ally as government gets more time

The Supreme Court has granted the government an extra 30 days to respond to request that the high court review a ruling by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld three-month sentences for two former egg executives who were linked to a massive Salmonella outbreak. The new deadline for the Office of the Solicitor General to… Continue Reading

Egg men get extra time to file for review with Supreme Court

Justice Samuel Alito has extended the filing deadline for a petition for a writ of certiorari in the appeal of jail sentences for one-time egg producers Austin (Jack) DeCoster and his son Peter DeCoster. Alito set Jan. 10, 2017, as the new deadline for the DeCoster’s attorney, Peter D. Keisler, to file the writ with the… Continue Reading

Top food safety prosecutor continues accountability approach

The Justice Department’s top food safety prosecutor says the year-old “Yates Memo,” about holding individuals at corporations accountable, is “still evolving.” In remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday at the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer said  “the memo’s changes in emphasis are yet to… Continue Reading