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Stewart Parnell

Parnell Brothers Post Bond, Released Until Sentencing


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


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


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



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


Peanut Corporation of America in Plainview, Texas, February 3, 2009.

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


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

Closing Arguments Today in Peanut Corporation of America Criminal Trial


The jury today will hear closing arguments in the Peanut Corporation of America criminal case in Albany, GA. One of the final acts in a drama six years in the making, the closings will get underway on the 32nd day of the twice-delayed trial that began July 28 in U.S. District Court for the Middle… Continue Reading

Attorneys for Stewart Parnell Say They Will Not Call Any Witnesses

Prosecution Wraps Up in PCA Criminal Trial


Defense attorneys for former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) owner Stewart Parnell said today they wouldn’t be calling any witnesses in the federal criminal trial underway in Albany, GA. They made the announcement after the government concluded presenting its case against Parnell, his peanut broker brother Michael Parnell, and Mary Wilkerson, PCA’s former quality control… Continue Reading

Judge Must Decide: Does CDC Status Qualify Someone as an ‘Expert Witness’?

Gavel and scales of justice

A “Daubert” hearing for Dr. Ian Williams, chief of the Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), was held Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Albany, GA. The hearing, which lasted less than two hours, was held to decide if Williams, one of the Atlanta-based CDC’s top… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Week Five of the PCA Trial


This past week at the federal criminal trial of three former Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) executives was marked by at least two events. First, away from the jury, a dispute between the government and former corporate lawyers for PCA was teed up for Judge W. Louis Sands. It is now hanging there for a… Continue Reading