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Prosecutors Says Inconsistencies Among Verdicts Aren’t Grounds for Acquitting Michael Parnell

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Government attorneys have asked U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands to deny Michael Parnell’s motion for acquittal on the charges for which a jury found him guilty after a nearly eight-week trial. In its first response to post-trial motions made by all three defendants in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) case, the prosecution… Continue Reading

PCA Post-Trial Events Turn Secretive, But Potential Appeal Arguments Emerge

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In the 75 weeks between the indictment and the start of the trial, and during the eight-week jury trial, the criminal cases against former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives have largely played out in public. But since the jury handed down guilty verdicts a month ago, many of the orders, motions, and documents filed… Continue Reading

Parnell Brothers Want New Trial

Defense claims jury considered 'extrinsic evidence'

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Stewart and Michael Parnell have joined in a motion for a new trial filed by defense attorney Thomas J. Bondurant Jr. The motion is sealed, but it references two affidavits, one by a juror and the other by Dallas Carter, a local writer. Contents of the affidavits also have not been made public, as they are… Continue Reading

PCA Defendant Asks Judge to Overturn Obstruction Conviction

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Acquitted by a jury on one count of obstruction of justice but convicted on the other, Mary Wilkerson now wants the judge to enter a not-guilty judgment on that charge, too. Wilkerson is the former quality control manager for Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). She was convicted last month after a seven-week criminal trial in… Continue Reading

Parnell Brothers Post Bond, Released Until Sentencing

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Stewart and Michael Parnell posted secured bonds on Monday morning to obtain their release until sentencing, according to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. The bonds, $150,000 for Stewart Parnell, 60, and $100,000 for Michael Parnell, 55, were both secured by cash deposited with the court. With the bonds, the brothers… Continue Reading

Parnell Brothers Taken Into Custody After Convictions

Jailed in Crisp County, GA

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On Friday, U.S. marshals escorted brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell from the C.B. King U.S. Courthouse in downtown Albany, GA, to the Crisp County Jail in Cordele, GA, where they spent their first night in prison. The two men will likely remain in the lockup until at least Monday, when they might be able to… Continue Reading

Jury Verdicts: Guilty, Guilty, and Guilty in PCA Criminal Trial

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Former Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, his brother and one-time peanut broker, Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson, former quality control manager at the company’s Blakely, GA, plant, were all found guilty today by a federal jury in Albany, GA. Sentencing will come later. Announcement of the jury verdicts brought an emotional outburst from… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Seven of the PCA Trial

Opinion

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Anyone involved in a big trial, even as a casual observer, probably feels a little unsettled when the case goes to the jury as we are all just left sitting around and waiting. We don’t wait well. But now, in the federal criminal trial in Albany, GA, we wait. The case involving those three former… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: And Now, We Wait

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It is now in the hands of the jury. In 2009, the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) peanut plant was found to be the source of a Salmonella outbreak blamed for the deaths of nine Americans and the sicknesses of 714 more — many of them my clients. Former PCA owner Stewart Parnell and his… Continue Reading

Defense Attorneys in PCA Criminal Case to Give Closing Arguments Today

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After testimony from 45 witnesses, the often-tedious introduction of 1,000 pages of documents, and difficulty getting some evidence, the prosecuting attorney decided to end on the 32nd day of the trial where it began — with Stewart Parnell’s emails. In closing arguments to the 12-member jury, K. Alan Dasher, assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle… Continue Reading