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Restitution Hearing Today for PCA’s Mostly Absent Criminal Defendants

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The federal judge who has presided over the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case will conduct his likely last hearing in the case today, and the victims of the 2008-09 Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak are waiting for his restitution order. When the victims were heard prior to sentencing, Randy Napier and Jeff Almer, two men… Continue Reading

Release Pending Appeal is Denied for Parnell Brothers

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Brothers Stewart and Michael Parnell will not be released on bond pending the outcome of their appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta ruled. Judges for the Circuit, however, did on Jan. 8 grant the Parnell brothers more time to file their appellant briefs. The briefs are now due 40… Continue Reading

Stewart and Michael Parnell Want to Bond Out on Expanded Appeal

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Like ranch hands on a runaway wagon in the Old West, attorneys for Stewart Parnell and Michael Parnell are trying to get the reins straightened out while slowing down just enough for some to jump off. Appellate attorneys Justin M. Lugar and Joseph R. Pope, who respectively represent Stewart Parnell and Michael Parnell, want the U.S…. Continue Reading

Courts Will Continue to Be Food Safety Enforcement’s Big Stick in 2016

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Criminal courts have played a prominent role in food safety during both 2014 and 2015, and that will continue in 2016. We know that much for certain just by the amount of work the courts are carrying over into the New Year. We also know know the continuation of the restitution hearing before U.S. District… Continue Reading

Sands Offers PCA Defendants Hearings Before Imposing Restitution

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The trial court judge who only recently sent four defendants to federal prison for a total of 57 years is not quite through with them. U.S. District Court Judge W. Louis Sands this week let four of the five who were convicted in the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) criminal case know, through their attorneys,… Continue Reading

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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