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Stewart Parnell

Stewart Parnell, Like His Brother, Wants to be Released on Appeal Bond


The former president of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), Stewart Parnell, has embraced several of his brother’s issues on appeal and also asked to be released on bond until those appeals are decided by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. In a 55-page filing on behalf of Stewart Parnell, Gentry Locke… Continue Reading

Attorney Makes New Arguments to Try and Free Michael Parnell

Former peanut broker is appealing 20-year sentence


Joseph R. Pope, an appellate attorney from Williams Mullen in Richmond, VA, says he can be in Atlanta on any day for the rest of this year to make oral arguments for the release of Michael Parnell while his client’s appeal is heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. If the… Continue Reading

All Five Convicted Former PCA Managers Now in Federal Custody


All five people convicted in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case are now in federal custody. Samuel Lightsey and Daniel Kilgore, the former plant manager and former operations manager, respectively, for PCA’s ill-fated peanut processing facility at Blakely, GA, have voluntarily surrendered to their assigned federal prisons. Peanut butter and peanut paste from… Continue Reading

Wilkerson Surrenders to Women’s Minimum-Security Prison in Florida


Mary Wilkerson, the former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) quality assurance manager whom a jury found had lied to federal food safety investigators, surrendered Tuesday to a federal correctional institution in Marianna, FL. The 42-year-old mother of two from Edison, GA, has begun a five-year prison term at FCI Marianna, which the U.S. Bureau of Prisons… Continue Reading

Wilkerson Wants to Remain Free During Appeal; Ordered to Report Nov. 3


Only a quick motion for release on bond pending appeal can keep Mary Wilkerson from having to report to a federal women’s prison on Nov. 3, now less than two weeks away. Her attorney filed such a motion with the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta on Oct. 14, and yesterday Assistant U.S…. Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: A Stiff, Cold Wind


Marler and Parnell at congressional hearing

A week ago last Monday, I was sitting in a bar in the Boston airport across the gate from my delayed flight (I would eventually get home a day late) monitoring tweets and texts for the outcome of the sentencing of Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell, and their “food safety” director Mary Wilkerson, which… Continue Reading

Stewart Parnell Could Be Sent to ‘Crown Jewel’ of the Federal Prison System


When Bernie Madoff of Ponzi scheme fame was sent to prison for life in 2009, he drew an assignment to the Butner Federal Correctional Complex about 45 minutes northeast of Durham, NC. At the time, the press called Butner the “crown jewel” of the federal prison system. Judge W. Louis Sands, who sentenced Stewart Parnell to… Continue Reading

Last Two PCA Sentences Are In: Kilgore Gets 6 Years; Lightsey, 3


The final two sentences have been handed down in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case. Former plant managers Samuel Lightsey and Daniel Kilgore were sentenced on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, to three and six years in federal prison, respectively, by U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands. Both Lightsey and Kilgore became government… Continue Reading

Last Two PCA Defendants to be Sentenced Tomorrow in Georgia


Sentencing hearings scheduled in federal court tomorrow in Albany, GA, at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET will all but conclude the trial court’s work in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case. To be sentenced on Thursday are the two PCA managers at Blakely, GA, who made deals with the government to become… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Parnell Crossed a Long-Existing Line



Since the sentencing of the Peanut Corporation of America criminal cases, some may be wondering if anything has really changed. The longest prison sentences ever handed out for food safety violations would, on the surface, appear to be a new bright line for food manufacturers. But, on closer look, maybe not. Food manufacturers have long… Continue Reading