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PCA’s Former Operations Manager Testifies in Ongoing Criminal Trial


Daniel W. Kilgore, operations manager for Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) from June 2002 to May 2008 at Blakely, GA, is now testifying in the federal criminal trial in Albany, GA. He is likely to go down as the government’s star witness against the trio of former PCA managers, who today are in the 23rd… Continue Reading

PCA’s Former Plant Manager Cross-Examined by Defense Team


Samuel Lightsey, the former Peanut Corporation of American (PCA) plant manager with the government plea deal, spent more than six days on the witness stand answering every question put to him by prosecutors. On Tuesday, defense attorneys for the three former PCA executives on trial for a total of 71 federal felonies got their chance… Continue Reading

In the Dark: Witness Says Kellogg’s Didn’t Know What it was Getting From PCA


Kellogg’s of Battle Creek believed it was getting what it had ordered from Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). It wanted only domestic peanuts free of Salmonella contamination, period. But each time a tanker truck with a 40,000-pound load left PCA’s Blakely, GA, peanut processing plant, Kellogg’s was getting something else entirely. The big tanker trucks were… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Two of the PCA Trial


About a year after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy to liquidate the company, all the assets of the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) were under the control of the bankruptcy court trustee. I managed to attach myself to one of the plaintiff lawyer teams that was allowed into the PCA peanut processing plant at Blakely,… Continue Reading

Ex-PCA Plant Manager Testifies Against His Former Associates


The former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) plant manager at Blakely, GA, told a federal criminal jury on Friday that PCA owner and chief executive Stewart Parnell ordered him to ship peanut products that tested positive for Salmonella. Samuel Lightsey also said that peanut broker Michael Parnell, Stewart Parnell’s brother, told him not to worry… Continue Reading

PCA Trial Testimony Focuses on Salmonella Testing, Investigation


Two top officials of testing laboratories used by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) and a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official who led the investigation into the deadly Salmonella outbreak linked to the Blakely, GA, peanut processing plant offered up the first testimony in the federal trial now in its second week in… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week One of the PCA Trial



After setting the scene last week for the criminal trial of three former executives of the now-defunct Peanut Corporation of America (PCA), I am beginning a series of weekly comments as the event goes forward. These are not meant to be hard opinion pieces, just some analysis and commentary offered as the products of close… Continue Reading

PCA Jury Hears About ‘Just Ship It’ Emails During Government’s Opening Statement


The long-awaited Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) trial got underway with opening statements Friday morning in Albany, GA, and it was not long before the jury learned about Stewart Parnell’s three most infamous words: “Just ship it.” That was allegedly his reply when employees wanted to know what to do when laboratory tests came back… Continue Reading

Jury Chosen in PCA Trial; Opening Arguments Begin Today


A 12-member jury and six alternates — 10 men and eight women in all — were selected Thursday in the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Opening arguments will begin Friday from government prosecutors and defense attorneys for former… Continue Reading

PCA Jury Being Picked Today From 52 Remaining Prospects


After three days of work to select a jury for the criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives, the final 52 prospective jurors will return this morning for “the striking process.” U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands hopes to have a 12-member jury and four alternates selected today so the… Continue Reading