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Supreme Court will not review DeCoster sentences in egg cases

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Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 83, and his 53-year old son Peter DeCoster are not going to get their day in the Supreme Court after all, but instead are likely to spend their summer and fall taking turns doing 3-month prison sentences at the Federal Prison Camp in Yankton, SD. The DeCosters had petitioned the U.S. Supreme… Continue Reading

Wilkerson seeks release on bail as Lightsey gains his freedom

Crimes and consequences in cases of peanut executives and deadly Salmonella outbreak

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Samuel Lightsey, the one-time operations manager for the Peanut Corporation of America’s processing plant in Blakely, GA, is out of prison with a new job at a company equipping the peanut industry. Another key figure in the PCA Salmonella saga, 43-year-old Mary Wilkerson, wants to be released from prison pending the outcome of her appeal,… Continue Reading

‘Fry them’ comments in jury room could get Parnells a new trial

Defense lawyers for executives in peanut butter Salmonella trial say jurors had loose lips

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The conduct of the 2014 jury that convicted Peanut Corporation of America executives delayed sentencing for about year, but in its final analysis the district court found a new trial based on jury misconduct was not warranted. Appellate attorneys for peanut broker Michael Parnell filed lengthy after-hours arguments Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals… Continue Reading

DeCosters gain another ally as government gets more time

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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

State yanks caterer’s permit; two-thirds of wedding guests sick

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An Alabama caterer whose food sickened at least two out of every three guests at a November wedding reception has surrendered his food service permit to state authorities. Darvin McDaniel, operator of Indelible Catering of Moulton, had already been effectively put out of business when Scott Harris, assistant state health officer, issued an emergency order… Continue Reading

Feds waited 8 months to reveal cucumber Salmonella outbreak

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The fourth Salmonella outbreak linked to fresh cucumbers since 2013 sickened people in at least eight states and spurred a national grocery chain to pull mini cucumbers from shelves this past spring — but federal officials didn’t go public about it until this week. In a report dated today, eight months after the outbreak, scientists… Continue Reading

Parnell-Wilkerson appeal sends feds scrambling for more time

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While he is not conceding anything to the appellants, the attorney who’s been assigned to represent the government on the Peanut Corporation of America criminal appeals says he needs more time. John-Alex Romano, the attorney from the Department of Justice’s appellate section for the criminal division, has asked for 60 additional days to prepare and… Continue Reading

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

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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

Criminal plea hearing will likely end decade-old Peter Pan case

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The new Department of Justice’s official guidance for holding individuals responsible for corporate wrongdoing will be honored in the breach tomorrow in a federal courtroom in Albany, GA. Instead, any concern about holding individual responsible for wrongdoing will likely be swept aside with a corporate payment of the largest criminal fine ever  in a U.S…. Continue Reading

Seaweed farm linked to Salmonella outbreak recalls products

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Four days after the Hawaii Department of Health reported it ordered a farm to cease and desist distribution of its seaweed because of links to an ongoing Salmonella outbreak, the company posted a recall notice. Marine Agrifuture LLC of Kahuku, HI, is recalling its “Kahuku Ogo,” “Robusta Ogo” and “Kahuku Sea Asparagus” from distributors and… Continue Reading