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Supreme Court might want to hear DeCoster egg sentence case


A timely petition for certiorari is going to keep Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 82, and his son, Peter DeCoster, 52, out of jail, at least for several more months while the U.S. Supreme Court decides if it is interested in their case. The high court is being asked to decide if a corporate official without specific… Continue Reading

Not a lot standing between egg man Jack DeCoster and jail


The sole question remaining before the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals is whether the federal jail sentences imposed on Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster are lawful in light of the findings at sentences. In a newly filed response to the DeCosters’ request for a rehearing on their three-month sentences, government attorneys say the sentences… Continue Reading

PCA team will divide up words before choosing them carefully


Criminal appeals in the United States are all about words. Appellants cannot change the trial court record. They can make arguments about legal issues raised by the trial court. But rarely is a defendant sprung from prison to hear a new witness or present new evidence. Words, how many and how they are divided up,… Continue Reading

Odds could favor DeCosters’ desire for review of egg sentence


As legal experts were predicting, the appellant attorney for Austin “Jack” DeCoster and Peter DeCoster got a deadline extension in his quest to obtain another review of the pair’s sentences in a case about the 2010 Salmonella outbreak linked to their eggs. Attorney Peter Keisler of the Washington D.C. firm of Sidley & Austin is representing… Continue Reading

8th Circuit approves jail sentences for egg men


When he sentenced a father and son to three months each, the federal judge in a criminal trial about an egg-related Salmonella outbreak said he was imposing the jail time unless someone could tell him federal law specifically prohibited him from doing so. With a 2-1 vote made public Wednesday, a federal appeals panel said U.S. District Court Judge Mark W. Bennett was… Continue Reading

More victims seek restitution in ’06 peanut butter outbreak

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An additional 42 victim statements with supporting documents have been filed with the government over a decade-old Salmonella Tennessee outbreak that was spread by peanut butter made at a ConAgra Grocery Products Co. processing plant in Sylvester, GA. The additional victims statements were submitted June 8, according to Graham A. Thorpe, assistant U.S. Attorney for… Continue Reading

7 workers positive for Salmonella; restaurant reopens


Eleven people, including seven employees of Ajuua’s Mexican Restaurant, are confirmed with Salmonella infections related to the restaurant, which reopened Saturday. Ector County Health Department Director Gino Solla said late last week that the root cause of the outbreak was still unknown, but that fresh tomatoes and/or salsa made and served at the restaurant  in… Continue Reading

New Salmonella case has FDA pondering internet recall issues

Garden of Life provided the label sample on the left to the FDA for posting with its recall notice. As the outbreak linked via DNA to its "Organic Raw Meal" powders spread across the country, the company redesigned its labels and changed the word order in the product name to "Raw Organic Meal" as shown on the right.

More than 20 years after consumers began buying food via the internet, federal officials are considering whether they should develop recall procedures and notification methods specific to online retailers. The novel course of contemplation at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in response to a new Salmonella Virchow case reported by Wisconsin health… Continue Reading

Parnell-Wilkerson appeals held up over access to trial exhibits


Everybody seems to agree the 900 or so exhibits from a 2014 jury trial should be turned over in one form or another to the three defendants who are appealing their sentences and convictions in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal prosecution. Yet, it has not happened to the satisfaction of the defense. All parties… Continue Reading

California testing confiscated cheese; outbreak continues


California officials continue to investigate a five-month Salmonella outbreak they believe is connected to Mexican-style soft cheeses and are testing cheese seized from Bakersfield woman’s home. Grace Martinez told BakersfieldNow.com that the 30 packages of cheese officials took from her home were brought to the U.S. by her family members from Sinaloa, Mexico. She sells… Continue Reading